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Trump lands in Philippines, final stop in Asia

14 November 2017

Violence flared when the protestors tried to push their way past about 500 officers to march towards the venue of the leaders' summit.

United States President Donald Trump on Monday said that he shared a "great relationship" with the Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte. The two leaders did talk about the country's brutal war on drugs, which has left thousands of people dead.

"Whoa, whoa", Duterte said, according to a report from the White House press pool. "We are an important ally".

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US President Donald Trump congratulated the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the liberation of Marawi City from local armed groups that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS). "And the ASEAN conference has been handled beautifully by the president in the Philippines".

After his performance, Duterte said he sang the song for Trump. Although a White House official said that human rights were briefly mentioned when the leaders met on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit, Trump did not publicly mention the rights violations. "This is the bilateral meeting".

During the two leaders' joint statement, Mr. Trump repeatedly praised Duterte and emphasized the importance of trade between the two nations, but did not explicitly highlight human rights abuses, as many of his predecessors have done while traveling overseas. "Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs", Sanders said.

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Duterte has been a controversial figure since taking office as president previous year, and launching a war on drugs that has killed at least 3,900 people in the Philippines.

Mr Trump has faced criticism for praising Mr Duterte during a phone call for the "great job" he was doing to counter illegal narcotics.

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Trump lands in Philippines, final stop in Asia