Trump Declares Trade 'Rules Have Changed' as Asia Trip Concludes

Trump Declares Trade 'Rules Have Changed' as Asia Trip Concludes

Before Trump departed, it was clear the most controversial part of his trip would be one-on-one meetings in the Philippines with that country's hardline leader, President Rodrigo Duterte. What he did not do was what many predecessors have done before: highlight human rights abuses while overseas. "I wouldn't be surprised if he patted him on the back", said Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at U.S. Meanwhile, Duterte was openly critical of Obama in the final year of his presidency, including cursing his name.

Duterte cursed Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, past year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two. There was no mention of extralegal killings.

"The two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs to promote the welfare of all sectors, including the most vulnerable groups", the two sides said in a joint statement.

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. Trump would plan to hold his tongue in public in order not to embarrass Duterte, whom he is urging to help pressure North Korea and fight terrorism, and to avoid pushing him into the arms of China.

Trade ministers from 11 countries convened in Vietnam while Trump visited. We have deficits with nearly everybody.

"Except us", Turnbull chimed in, to laughs.


"We've made some very big steps with respect to trade, far bigger than anything you know, in addition to about $300 billion in sales to various companies, including China - that was $250 billion and going up very substantially from that", Trump said.

"It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received", Trump said. "I've really enjoyed being here". "And I'm really proud of that".

The long-standing allies said this in a statement released Tuesday following bilateral talks between President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Donald Trump, where anticipation was high whether or not the U.S. leader would raise the issue of human rights to Duterte amid global criticism over his fierce drug war. Government officials estimate that well over 3,000 people, mostly drug users and dealers, have died in the ongoing crackdown.

According to the reports, White House officials explained that Trump said what he meant to say at the summit during an earlier lunch for leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The former reality TV star had initially planned to skip the summit, then backtracked after criticism it could be seen as a snub. Trump initially did the handshake incorrectly.

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