'Alpha-Male Bromance' Solidified as Trump Vows Support for 'Bloodstained' Duterte

'Alpha-Male Bromance' Solidified as Trump Vows Support for 'Bloodstained' Duterte

Trump would hold his tongue in public to avoid embarrassing Duterte, whom he is urging to help pressure North Korea and fight terrorism, and to avoid pushing him into the arms of China.

"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old, ' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!" the president tweeted.

Trump, who sat beside President Duterte and common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña, marveled along with other world leaders at a three-part musical production dubbed "Bravo Asean". "And that really is a sign of respect, perhaps for me a little, but really for our country".

Earlier, Duterte had expressed confidence that Trump would not take up the issue with him. Polls prior to the visit showed only about 25 percent of Japanese people had confidence in Mr. Trump.

Trump was among 20 foreign leaders in the Philippines for the summit, his first visit to the country as president.

But, as with the story of Trump and the koi pond in Japan last week, the picture is more damning than the video. "What the president is trying to do right now is recognize that the gravest threat that America faces is North Korea developing nuclear weapons. Trump is showing very good at top sales diplomacy".

During the bilateral meeting, Trump cited the "great relationship" between the United States and the Philippines and thanked the host country for "the great treatment you have given us".

"The key for us is to ensure very close trilateral cooperation so as to bring peace and stability on the ground", said the Japanese leader.

What he did not do was what many predecessors have done before: highlight human rights abuses while overseas.

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

"It was President Duterte who brought up with President Trump the drug menace in the Philippines, and the USA president appeared sympathetic and did not have any official position on the matter but was merely nodding his head". "We are an important ally", Duterte told Trump at the beginning of their talks, according to reporters allowed in to the meeting room. For now, the conflicting reports are the only answers that anyone will get.

Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, was responding to a question about whether Trump accepts the United States intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation tried to sway last year's election in his favor.

While a Philippines government spokesman said that human rights issue was not raised during the leaders' meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that the topic was mentioned briefly.