Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

The President Of The Philippines Sang A Love Song For Donald Trump

The President Of The Philippines Sang A Love Song For Donald Trump

Trump is slated to attend a pair of global summits and meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. And in a highly surreal moment, President Duterte serenaded Mr Trump with a special love song. "Both the leaders said scourge of terrorism has to be dealt with effectively".

U.S. President Donald Trump skipped the plenary session of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila on Tuesday because of scheduling delays, but he said his marathon trip to the region had been a success. Trump raved about his accomplishments on his five-nation journey, particularly on trade and on North Korea, which the White House has suggested may be designated a state sponsor of terror.

A spokesman for Duterte, however, said "there was no mention of human rights" and "no mention of extralegal killings".

Activists later held their protests about a kilometre away from the venue and burned a 13-foot (4-metre) effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump.

At the start of the ASEAN-only meeting, Duterte said issues he expects participants to discuss include threats posed by "non-traditional security issues" to the peace and stability and prosperity of the region.

Trump announced on Twitter that he will be making a "major statement" when he returns to Washington. "We are an important ally", Duterte told Trump at the beginning of their talks, according to reporters allowed in to the meeting room. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't say if Trump had been critical of Duterte's violent war on the illegal drug trade.

A Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc arrived in Manila on Sunday to participate.

"In my view", he told The Times, "President Trump has been fueling North Korean crisis by conducting fierce verbal attacks against North Korea's Kim Jong-un intentionally".

The White House said earlier that human rights had come up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.

More than 3,900 pushers and users have been killed in the war on drugs that Duterte declared when he took office past year. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte have "had a great relationship" and avoided questions about whether he'd raise human rights concerns with the Filipino leader during a private meeting.

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