"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Among Trump's newest friends in the region is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whom Trump repeatedly praised and joked around with on Monday. In December 2016, he said that during his time as mayor, he had personally killed at least three people. "But I only want to emphasise that our meetings for the next two days present an excellent opportunity for us to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and global importance", he said. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte have "had a great relationship" and avoided questions about whether he'd raise human rights concerns with the Filipino leader during a private meeting.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, attended the opening ceremony along with the other ASEAN Leaders, among them Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The Chinese leader, however, would not back down on Beijing's territorial claim, Duterte said and justified his decision not to immediately demand Chinese compliance with a ruling by a United Nations-linked tribunal that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea on historical grounds.
The question of whether the United States and Russian leaders will hold official discussions on the sidelines of the APEC summit in the resort city of Danang has added a layer of diplomatic intrigue to an event dominated by trade discussions. "It was just over a look", Agence France Presse quoted him as saying.
Trudeau said Duterte - whose violent crackdown on drug dealers and drug users by his government's forces have left thousands dead - was receptive to the comments during what the Canadian prime minister called a very cordial and positive exchange. And nearly all of them also have the same problem.
Human rights groups and Filipino lawmakers have been investigating the role of death squads in Davao during Mr Duterte's time of office.
Duterte, however, seemed to remember it differently.
"Forget what they say, those human rights (activists)". He suspended the Philippine National Police's anti-drug operations but has allowed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to continue its work.
It must be said that Trump and Duterte also share ideological affinity.
Duterte believed Obama was "oblivious to the actual threat presented by drugs in the Philippines", the spokesman declared. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights issues were "briefly" discussed. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies". "The relationship with the past administration was terrible, to use a nice word". Duterte, however, made it clear that he won't welcome any discussion on human rights lest he will tell the USA leader to "lay off".