On the sidelines of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila, Trump met Japan's Shinzo Abe and Australia's Malcolm Turnbull, and said discussions at the meeting would include tensions on the Korean Peninsula and trade. "And I'm really proud of that".
John Brennan said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump is trying to "delegitimize" the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump instead spoke witheringly about an approach he said had led the United States to lower its own trade barriers, only to have other countries refuse to do so, and he accused the World Trade Organization of treating the United States unfairly.
President Donald Trump is ignoring questions about human rights abuses as he meets with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay), on the sidelines of an worldwide summit in Manila.
As if to underscore the contrast, President Xi Jinping of China, who took the stage immediately after Trump, used his own speech to make a spirited defense of globalization, saying it should be "more open, more inclusive, more balanced, more equitable and more beneficial to all".
He tried to have it both ways on the issue of Russian interference in last year's presidential race, saying he believes both the US intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Putin's sincerity in claiming that his country did not.
Brennan says Putin is "very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump's interest in being flattered". Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.
But swirling questions about Russian Federation followed Trump halfway across the globe.
He arrived in Manila on Sunday after a brief stop in Vietnam.
Trump said the USA also remained deeply concerned about the use of chemical weapons by state and non-state actors.
"I think the fruits of our labour are going to be incredible", he added.
Trump told reporters traveling with him to Hanoi on Saturday that Putin had again vehemently denied the allegations. He says it demonstrates that Trump "can be played by foreign leaders". The two spoke during an economic conference in Danang, Vietnam.
Of course, not one to pass up an opportunity to pat himself on the back, Trump declared his tour of Asia "has been a very fruitful trip for us, and also in all fairness, for a lot of other nations".