Trump promises 'major statement' on return from Asia in cryptic tweet

Trump promises 'major statement' on return from Asia in cryptic tweet

"Half of the time during the interventions [what was being discussed] was the issue of terrorism", Duterte told reporters in a news conference at the close of the summit. "I thank you for getting that message across to the public", Duterte said. 'It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know what exactly is happening in this country.

Wrapping up his extensive tour of Asia, President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed "tremendous amounts of work" on trade and said nations around the globe have been put on notice that the USA will demand improved trading conditions.

The Canadian prime minister was the first leader of the 20 attending this week's ASEAN summit and related meetings who has publicly said he brought up the touchy issue with the volatile Filipino leader.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "human rights briefly came up", but Harry Roque, a spokesman for Duterte, said "there was no mention of human rights".

President Duterte noted the highlights of the Summit such as the start of talks for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea and the signing of a Consensus on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers. We discussed it in confidential meetings.

'I impressed on him the need for respect for the rule of law, and as always offered Canada's support and help as a friend to move forward on what is a real challenge'.

The two likewise raised the importance of human rights, but in the context on the campaign against drugs.

Trump, who recently finished his tour of Asia, also said the previous United States administration's relationship "was disgusting", referring to Duterte's strained relationship with Traump's predecessor Barack Obama, who was critical of the Philippines' bloody war on drugs.

In a joint statement released on Monday, Trump and Duterte made no mention of the two airbases but reiterated their commitment to upholding freedom of navigation in the strategic sea and agreed to refrain from actions that would escalate tensions, including militarization.