'Alpha-Male Bromance' Solidified as Trump Vows Support for 'Bloodstained' Duterte

14 Novembre, 2017, 11:42 | Autore: Alighiero Casassa
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But during brief remarks to reporters, Trump said he and Duterte have "had a great relationship" and avoided questions on whether he'd raise human rights issues with the Filipino leaders.

But just a day earlier, he had lashed out at the former heads of the United States intelligence agencies, dismissing them as "political hacks" and claiming there were plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings that Russian Federation meddled to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump's lengthy Asia trip wound down as it began, with a visit meant to be centered on trade and North Korea shadowed by questions about Russian Federation.

During the two leaders' joint statement, Mr. Trump repeatedly praised Duterte and emphasized the importance of trade between the two nations, but did not explicitly highlight human rights abuses, as many of his predecessors have done while traveling overseas. While human rights groups were pressing the US President to take a tough stance on Duterte's bloody war on drugs, the issue reportedly did not see the prime light during their discussion.

On Saturday, Trump lashed out at former heads of the US intelligence agencies, claiming there are plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings and dismissing them as "political hacks".

North Korean officials described Mr. Trump's visit as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the US defense industry".

Due to arrive in Washington late Tuesday night, the president said he will make major announcements on trade and North Korea on Wednesday at the White House.

"This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world", he said.

"It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received", Mr. Trump said. "What the president is trying to do right now is recognize that the gravest threat that America faces is North Korea developing nuclear weapons".

"If he keeps this approach up with a growing economic power like China, Trump will be the author of a new worldwide reality: America Second", Schumer said. "And that really is a sign of respect, perhaps for me a little, but really for our country".

And in a highly surreal moment, President Duterte serenaded Mr Trump with a special love song.

"Except us", Turnbull chimed in, to laughs.

A Philippines government spokesman later said human rights were not raised but White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the topic was mentioned briefly.

The handshake chain is a set piece during the gathering of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which met in Manila on Monday.

But rather than rebuke Duterte's drug war killings, Trump praised him, according to a leaked transcript of a phone call between the two men earlier this year.