"Every time he sees me, he says: 'I didn't do that.' And I believe - I really believe - that when he tells me that, he means it", Trump said, arguing that it makes no sense for him to belabor the issue when Russian Federation could help the USA on North Korea, Syria and other issues.
During the bilateral meeting, Trump cited the "great relationship" between the USA and the Philippines and thanked the host country for "the great treatment you have given us". He'll stop in Hawaii so Air Force One can refuel before continuing to Washington. Earlier this year, Trump even invited Duterte to the White House, without consulting anyone from the State Department on the matter first. He did not elaborate.
"We've explained that the United States is open for trade but we want reciprocal, we want fair trade for the United States", he told reporters in Manila during a summit of Asian leaders, where integrating economies and curbing protectionism has been on the agenda. "Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs".
Trump is slated to attend a pair of global summits and meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. "President Duterte's policies are responsible for thousands of unlawful killings, including dozens of children and the extrajudicial execution of many others, which may constitute crimes against humanity".
"The president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange", Trudeau told a news conference. Since taking office in 2016, the controversial Filipino leader has presided over a bloody so-called war on drugs in which more than 7,000 people have been extrajudicially killed by police or vigilantes.
"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem", Trump said in the April 29 phone call. Following Trump's interactions with Putin on his trip, coverage has largely ignored substantive areas of bilateral cooperation between Russian Federation and the U.S., focusing instead on Trump's comments that Putin "means it" when he assured he did not meddle in the United States election.
A Philippine spokesman said that "there was no mention of human rights, no mention of extra-legal killings".
The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognise the term.
On the ground, military operations continue to clear buildings for stragglers.
Now Trump is slated to attend the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference on Monday to urge allies to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.