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Trump arrives in Philippines, his final cease on Asia tour

MANILA, Philippines — President Donald Trump arrived within the Philippines Sunday to attend a pair of worldwide summits and shut his five-country tour of Asia. 

Mr. Trump is slated to satisfy a number of occasions with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has come below intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that features extrajudicial killings. 

Mr. Trump has beforehand praised Duterte’s dealing with of his nation’s drug issues.

Mr. Trump was initially scheduled to depart Manila on Monday, however he added a day to the go to so he may extra totally take part in one of many summits. 

“Simply landed within the Philippines after a fantastic day of conferences and occasions in Hanoi, Vietnam!” Mr. Trump tweeted on Sunday.

He additionally thanked the president of Vietnam, saying, “We had a beautiful go to” to the nation. 

Hours earlier, Mr. Trump unleashed a flurry of tweets — a number of of them about Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. 

Putin and Mr. Trump met briefly on the sidelines on the APEC Summit in Vietnam. Mr. Trump reportedly questioned Putin a number of occasions about Russian meddling within the 2016 U.S. election — an allegation Putin denied.

Mr. Trump stated he believes Putin, however he additionally stated he’s “with our businesses,” which have concluded that Russia interfered within the 2016 U.S. election.

After arriving within the Philippines Sunday, Mr. Trump attended a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations. Philippine President Duterte greeted Mr. Trump and different leaders one after the other as they arrived at a conference heart in Manila for the glitzy occasion. 

Mr. Trump and Duterte shook fingers twice and exchanged pleasantries earlier than the leaders posed for a bunch photograph and everybody filed into dinner.

Mr. Trump joined his fellow leaders in carrying Philippine formal apparel — the Barong Tagalog, or long-sleeved white shirt. 

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes fingers with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte as he arrives for the gala dinner marking ASEAN’s 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines, November 12, 2017.

JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

Mr. Trump and Duterte will maintain extra formal talks on Monday. 

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