Trump unlikely to rebuke Duterte for drug war killings

Trump unlikely to rebuke Duterte for drug war killings

Donald Trump posed in the customary group photo and later took part in the traditional ASEAN leaders handshake, with the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte standing next to him and with whom he was scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting later on Monday.

One of the leaders on his flank was Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a bloody drug war that has featured extrajudicial killings. "It was President Duterte who brought up with President Trump the drug menace in the Philippines, and the U.S. president appeared sympathetic and did not have any official position on the matter but was merely nodding his head".

"It is disappointing that President Trump might have ignored the opportunity to raise the horrifying human rights abuses in the Philippines, and left a proper discussion off the table", Rachel Chhoa-Howard, a researcher for Amnesty International in the Philippines, tells Bustle.

Trump also criticized Obama during the call, noting that his predecessor "did not understand" the drug problem the Philippines faces. Previously, Trump also praised Duterte's handling of the war on drugs, saying that Duterte was doing an "unbelievable job".

A Philippine spokesman said that "there was no mention of human rights, no mention of extra-legal killings".

"Having a good relationship with Russia's a great, great thing".

Trump has shown little interest in pressuring Duterte to rein in the violence, instead saluting him during a May phone call. "This has been very successful", Trump said.

Despite their apparent disagreements about what actually went on in the meeting - or, at least, the disagreements between Trump's people and Duterte's people - the two also seem to have a similar stance on the media.

President Trump and Putin did not have a formal meeting while they were in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, but the two spoke informally several times and reached an agreement on a number of principles for the future of war-torn Syria.

Trump on Monday attended the opening ceremonies of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference in Manila. "President Trump could have used his self-described "close relationship" to put pressure on President Duterte and his administration to change their deadly approach to the anti-drug campaign to a policy based on health and human rights", she tells Bustle.

A special counsel's examination of potential collusion between Moscow and Trump campaign aides so far has led to indictments against Trump's former campaign chairman and another top aide for crimes unrelated to the campaign, and a guilty plea from a Trump foreign policy adviser for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The White House has suggested the president may designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

But just a day earlier, he had lashed out at the former heads of the US 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 has arrived in the Philippines to attend a pair of global summits and close his five-country tour of Asia.

According to leaked documents, the White House even supports Duterte's anti-drug campaign. Duterte has received worldwide criticism for the human rights situation in the Philippines right now, from Filipinos (although many do like him), human rights organizations, and various governments alike - including President Obama. Trump also 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.

Questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election have followed President Donald Trump to Asia.

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