President Donald Trump is holding friendly talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India as he nears the end of his lengthy Asia trip. "And I'm really proud of that". He publicly advocated his "America first" policies, warning US trading partners that he was ready to take more protectionist steps in a bid to help American businesses and workers. Polls prior to the visit showed only about 25 percent of Japanese people had confidence in Mr. Trump.
A Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc arrived in Manila on Sunday to participate. Trump raved about his accomplishments on his five-nation journey, particularly on trade and on North Korea, which the White House has suggested may be designated a state sponsor of terror. The White House has suggested the president may designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. As a result, stock prices of USA defense companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop have been skyrocketing as they can sell expensive weapons such as Aegis missile defense system to Japan and South Korea.
"President Trump expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of life in Marawi City at the hands of ISIS-affiliated terrorists, and congratulated the Armed Forces of the Philippines for its success in liberating Marawi", according to a joint statement released after the bilateral meeting between Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, November 13.
"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. At the opening ceremony in Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said that the two days of meetings presented an excellent opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and global importance. Duterte has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings. Duterte then called the reporters "spies", which made Trump laugh.
The two sides sealed four agreements and agreed to cooperate on counter-terror.
More than 3,900 pushers and users have been killed in the war on drugs that Duterte declared when he took office a year ago.