Despite Red Carpet, Trump Agenda in Asia Largely Ignored

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A White House official had said the president was concerned about the mass exodus and killings of Rohingya Muslims in majority-Buddhist Myanmar, but he did not focus on the issue.

"It will be a very complete statement as to trade, as to North Korea as to a lot of other things", Trump said at a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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. Duterte, facing strong criticism from human rights groups internationally, replied, "Whoa, whoa".

It appears @POTUS is now skipping the East Asia Summit plenary which was a major reason for staying the extra day here in the @Philippines. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.

Observing that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes threaten the entire world, he called on all nations to join the USA in ensuring the complete, verifiable, and total denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

He provided a copy of his prepared remarks to the White Hose reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force One on his way back home from Manila at the conclusion of his almost two-week trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

"We very much appreciate it", he said.

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

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

"As ISIS loses ground in the battlefield, we must remain vigilant about the threat posed by returning foreign fighters and terrorist operatives within our borders, and seeking to cross our borders", he told the world leaders.

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.

Questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election have followed President Donald Trump to Asia.

Trump told reporters on the plane he had already delivered his "final remarks" during a lunch with other leaders and would send the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in his place.

The US president concluded on Monday that the trip had been a success and no American leader had ever been granted such a welcome in Asia.

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