Statement on N. Korea Coming Wednesday

Statement on N. Korea Coming Wednesday

Trump will also meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, which plays a key role in the US vision of an Indo-Pacific region that attempts to de-emphasize China's influence.

After Trump's remarks, Duterte instructed "the media to leave us alone".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and President Rodrigo Duterte (R) look at each other before the 20th ASEAN Japan Summit on the sideline of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. He's also applauding the Philippines' on their staging of the conference. "The Philippines is too far but, you know, nobody will save us from a holocaust if it happens", he said.

Duterte thanked Abe for Japan's assistance to the Philippines during and after the war against the Maute Group in Marawi City.

"You're the only one", Trump responded. Duterte says their bilateral meeting is not a press conference.

President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he plans to make a "major statement" following his 12-day trip in Asia, raising speculation of a breakthrough on trade or a new approach to North Korea.

The president boasted that "some very big steps" were taken with respect to trade, in addition to about $300 billion in sales to "various companies, including China".

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

He says he'll wait to Wednesday to give the reporters traveling with him time to sleep. Mr. Trump praised Duterte, whose presidency has been marked by extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and users. Trump also is scheduled to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The president will head back to Washington from his 12-day trip overseas on Tuesday.

He has hinted that the USA may relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Brennan said Trump's ambiguity on Russia's involvement was "very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint".

"I think he's giving Putin a pass and I think it demonstrates to Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and play upon his insecurities", Brennan said.

An administration official said Monday that a recommendation had been formally presented to the president and he was considering it.

On Sunday, he tried to have it both ways, saying he believes both the USA intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Russian President Vladimir Putin's sincerity in claiming that his country did not.

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 joined his fellow leaders in wearing Philippine formal attire - the Barong Tagalog, or long-sleeved white shirt.

Trump is now in the Philippines - his last stop on his tour of Asia. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.

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.

"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam.

He said "a lot of things are happening on trade" and that he will announce what happened in meetings in South Korea, China and other places.

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.

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