U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will be making a "major" statement on North Korea and trade when he returns to the White House on Wednesday. The two men held longer, formal talks on Monday and White House aides signaled that Trump was not expected to publicly bring up human rights in their discussions.
Earlier in the week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would announce at the "end of the trip" his decision on whether or not to officially re-list North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
"We are supporting you against what North Korea is doing".
An administration official said Monday that a recommendation had been formally presented to the president and he was considering it.
Former CIA director John Brennan, appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", said Trump was deriding them in an attempt to "delegitimize" the intelligence community's assessment.
Over the last 12 days, Trump visited key allies in the region amid the North Korean threat and attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in the Philippines, where he focused on trade and the rogue communist regime.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay) greeted Trump and other leaders one by one as they arrived at a convention center in Manila for the glitzy event.
Duterte sat to Trump's left at dinner and they engaged in conversation before the first course was served.
Trump is now in the Philippines - his last stop on his tour of Asia.
Trump's first official visit to the region was billed as a push to step up worldwide pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and reduce U.S. trade deficits with South Korea, Japan and China.
But swirling questions about Russian Federation followed Trump halfway across the globe.
But just a day earlier, he had lashed out at the former heads of the USA 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.
Trump is slated to attend a pair of worldwide summits and meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.