Trump's Asia trip ends as it begins: shadowed by Russian Federation


Trump is finishing up a five-country trip through Asia, stopping in Manila to attend the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic summit.

Trump attended the 31 ASEAN conference opening ceremony, which began with the traditional group photo of the ASEAN leaders with the leaders from China, the US, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, India, Canada, Japan and South Korea that they are meeting with. "I'm the president of a country", Duterte continued, as if being criticized wasn't part of the gotdamn job description to be president.

The increasing use of the phrase "Indo-Pacific" by Trump and his team during their Asian tour this week, instead of the more common "Asia-Pacific" term has been seen by analysts as an effort to depict the region as more than China-dominated.

Interestingly, both Duterte and Trump present themselves in the public as tough men who drive hard bargains with their opposition, but are famously thin-skinned.

President Donald Trump's lengthy Asia trip wound down as it began, with a visit meant to be centered on trade and North Korea shadowed by questions about Russian Federation. 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.

RODRIGO Duterte is the "tough guy" President of the Philippines who swept to power previous year on a populist anti-drugs and anti-corruption mandate.

Trump said during a news conference Sunday in Vietnam that he believes US intelligence agencies, which have concluded Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election to help him win. "The peoples' opposition would further grow and we will hound Trump with continuous protests", Zarate said.

Since taking office in 2016, President Duterte and his administration have waged a lethal anti-drugs campaign that has resulted in widespread extrajudicial executions. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies".

Mr Trump eventually figured out his mistake but not before the unflattering images made it to Twitter.

Multiple congressional committees are also investigating. "And also I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do or what might come out as a result of these investigations", Brennan said.

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.

Trump told reporters traveling with him to Hanoi on Saturday that Putin had again vehemently denied the allegations. A lot of the issues that underpin the U.S. "This is the bilateral meeting".