Last Stop in Asia: Trump Meets Duterte

Leaders dine, to hold more formal talks on Monday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Trump, Duterte Meet in Manila
Protesters hold pictures of President Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte while trying to get near the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines, to protest Trump's visit on Sunday Nov. 12, 2017. Trump offered to mediate in the South China Sea disputes Sunday.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

President Trump arrived at the final stop on his five-country tour of Asia, attending a gala in the Philippines celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greeted Trump and other leaders one by one as they arrived at a convention center in Manila for the glitzy event, reports the AP. Trump and Duterte shook hands twice and exchanged pleasantries before the leaders posed for a group photo and everyone filed into dinner. Trump joined his fellow leaders in wearing Philippine formal attire—the Barong Tagalog, or long-sleeved white shirt. Duterte sat to Trump's left at dinner and they engaged in conversation before the first course was served. Trump and Duterte will hold more formal talks on Monday.

Trump is slated to meet several times with Duterte, who has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems. Trump was originally scheduled to depart Manila on Monday but he added a day to the visit so he could more fully participate in one of the summits.

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