March 19, 2018

Trump pushes his agenda at ASEAN

14 November 2017, 05:14 | Taylor George

Trump pushes his agenda at ASEAN

Trump pushes his agenda at ASEAN

In Hanoi earlier on Sunday, Trump said he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea, where four ASEAN countries and Taiwan contest China's sweeping claims to the busy waterway.

Trump is slated to meet several times with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay). But Trump remains dogged by things he has said, and has not said, about Russian Federation.

Handshakes must be awkward, full stop, if you have tiny baby hands - but even so, Donald Trump looks in agony in this group handshake shot.

"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said of Putin at a news conference in Hanoi with Vietnam's president. "The peoples' opposition would further grow and we will hound Trump with continuous protests", Zarate said. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies".

Multiple congressional committees are also investigating.

Even Trump's own CIA director, Mike Pompeo, felt compelled to defend US intelligence findings that contradict Trump's defense of Putin.

Finally, the two shared a tender moment over their mutual distrust of the press, with Duterte referring to the press pool as "spies" as Trump laughed. I think not. Okay?

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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. The two men held longer, formal talks on Monday and White House aides signaled that Trump was not expected to publicly bring up human rights in their discussions. I just asked him again.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese leader will join the ninth Mekong-Japan Summit and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders' Meeting. Trump danced around questions about whether he believed Putin but stressed Putin's denials.

"We've made some very big steps with regard to trade - far bigger than anything you know", Trump told reporters, pointing to business deals forged between USA and foreign companies.

Casilao also criticized Duterte's backing of U.S. aggression against North Korea, and continued implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). "It's now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken".

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.

The handshake chain is a set piece of gatherings of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), who are meeting with leaders from China, the US, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, India, Canada, Japan and South Korea. "This is the bilateral meeting".

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