Trump buddies up to Duterte, doesn't highlight human rights

Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte

Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte

Kine later said this photograph of Trump twisting his face as he held hands with Duterte over the weekend should "live in infamy".

Duterte has been embroiled in controversies ever since he took the Philippines' presidential seat in June past year.

Though the United States administration has been under pressure to raise Duterte's drug war in Manila, Trump will likely focus on building rapport and personal friendship with his Filipino counterpart.

Then, looking around, he turned to the leaders that flanked him - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to his right, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to his left - and simply extended his arms outward, only to find that wasn't quite right either.

Trump also said the trip had been "very fruitful" for the United States and pointed to the warm welcomes he had received in capitals like Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.

Butch Olano, Amnesty International Philippines Director, said, "President Trump has spoken about his ability to talk tough with foreign leaders, and this week's ASEAN summit presents a renewed opportunity to raise the horrifying human rights abuses that the region is facing".

Duterte is often referred to as the Trump of Asia, even though Duterte's election preceded Trump's. "This is not the press statement", he told the gathered reporters. At the G20 summit in September of 2016, Obama said that Duterte needed to "to engage in that fight against drugs in a way that's consistent with basic global norms". Trump also laughed as Duterte called the reporters there "spies." "We are in a bilateral meeting". The Philippines will also issue nine declarations of the Chairs of the summits.

In particular, this was due to the Trump administration's explicit and conscious decision to prioritise strategic cooperation with Asian allies over promotion of human rights and democracy values. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems. Duterte, however, made it clear that he won't welcome any discussion on human rights lest he will tell the USA leader to "lay off".

US President Donald Trump's handshake with world leaders have become infamous the world over as they are known to be long, and at times aggressive, but a different kind of handshake at the Association for the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference in Manila today left him briefly confused.

The much-anticipated meeting between two of the world's most controversial leaders is set to take place on November 13.

Trump has never expressed any concerns with Duterte's human rights record in the past, nor would he answer any questions about whether he would bring up the topic in the previous meeting - and yet the White House twice stated that the topic did indeed come up.

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