Donald Trump shakes hands with the devil

Press blackouts and accusations of "fake news" from the Trump White House are indeed troubling, but Duterte's approach to journalists and journalism is far darker.

Mr Trump replied: "We've had a great relationship".

As handshake diplomacy goes, this time it might not be quite as awkward as it first appears for President Trump: In photos with Asian leaders at a summit in the Philippines, he is momentarily caught off-guard by what is called the "ASEAN-way handshake" - crossed arms and joined arms meant to signify regional unity.

The president met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay), who has been condemned by human rights groups for his crackdown on drug dealers and users.

Trump, who is on a two-week visit to Asia, said in China that he felt US-Chinese trade relations were "very unfair and one-sided". But their relations have been strained by anti-U.S. outbursts from Duterte and his enthusiasm for better ties with Russian Federation and China.

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

Trump said he would wait until his return to Washington on Wednesday to elaborate with a "major statement" on those two topics but hinted at progress while in Manila.

"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", Trump said.

Beyond what representatives for Trump and Duterte will officially say, the record will be blank. "And I'm really proud of that".

Instead, Trump effusively praised Duterte, thanking him for his hospitality and for putting on a successful Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is adding entertainer to his role as host of the ASEAN summit, singing a duet on behalf of President Donald Trump. 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.

Mr. Turnbull said Australia will work with the U.S.to ensure stability.

Trump told reporters traveling with him to Hanoi on Saturday that Putin had again vehemently denied the allegations. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.

"We've got the same values and the same focus on ensuring that the North Korean regime comes to its senses and stops its reckless provocation and threats of conflict in our region", he said.


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