Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Philippine protesters burn Swastika-shaped effigy of Donald Trump

Philippine protesters burn Swastika-shaped effigy of Donald Trump

In Manila, at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, Mr. Trump held bilateral meetings with Mr. Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on presenting a united front against North Korea. The two leaders did talk about the country's brutal war on drugs, which has left thousands of people dead.

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

Among Trump's newest friends in the region is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whom Trump repeatedly praised and joked around with on Monday.

Wrapping up his extensive tour of Asia, Trump hailed "tremendous amounts of work" on trade and said nations around the globe have been put on notice that the United States will demand improved trading conditions.

"I made a lot of friends at the highest levels", Trump said Tuesday as he attended the East Asia Summit, where leaders discuss a range of regional economic and security issues.

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

President Donald Trump has arrived in the Philippines to attend a pair of worldwide summits and close his five-country tour of Asia.

The ASEAN-UN meet on Monday was the last item on the President's schedule on Monday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would attend Tuesday's summit in his place, a senior White House official said, adding the event was running too late.

Trump announced on Twitter that he will be making a "major statement" when he returns to Washington.

Earlier in the day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the plight of Rohingya refugees and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at the summit, sensitive human rights issues skirted by nearly all the others.

"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 conversation focused on ISIS (Islamic State), illegal drugs, and trade".

Duterte has been a controversial figure since taking office as president a year ago, and launching a war on drugs that has killed at least 3,900 people in the Philippines. Mr. Trump told reporters that he and Mr. Duterte have "had a great relationship".

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