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The Latest: Trump avoids questions about human rights

By The Associated Press
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Asia (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

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 international summit in Manila.

Trump says he and Duterte have "had a great relationship." He's also applauding the Philippines' on their staging of the conference.

Trump says he enjoyed the event's opening dinner and says, "We very much appreciated the great treatment you've given."

Duterte has come under fierce criticism from human rights groups for overseeing a violent drug war complete with extrajudicial killings.

Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.

Trump did not respond to shouted questions about whether he'd raise the issue. Duterte says their bilateral meeting is not a press conference.

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11:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he'll be delivering a "major statement" Wednesday when he's back in Washington to discuss what he's accomplished on his big Asia trip.

Trump says during a meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Malcolm Turnbull, the prime minister of Australia that "it will be a very complete statement as to trade, as to North Korea, as to a lot of other things."

He says, "We've made some very big steps with regard to trade_far bigger than anything you know," in addition to business deals forged between U.S. and foreign companies.

"Except us," Turnbull chimed in.

Trump says the three leaders will be talking about North Korea, trade and other subjects.

He says he'll wait to Wednesday to give the reporters traveling with him time to sleep.

Trump will also be having an informal dinner later Monday with Turnbull.

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9:00 a.m. Monday

President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy Asia trip with trio of meetings with Pacific Rim allies, including his host in the Philippines who is overseeing a bloody drug war.

Trump on Monday attended the opening ceremonies of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference in Manila. The event opened with pageantry, including a group photo of the leaders and the summit's traditional handshake. That cross-body shake, during which each leader shakes the opposite hands of those next to him, briefly baffled Trump, who then laughed as he figured out where to place his arms.

One of the leaders on his flank was Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a bloody drug war that has featured extrajudicial killings. Trump also is scheduled to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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4:05 a.m. Monday

A day after being criticized by President Donald Trump, a former CIA director questioned whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was manipulating Trump with flattery during the president's lengthy trip to Asia.

Trump's trip is meant to be centered on trade and North Korea, and on Monday he is set to talk with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay). But Trump remains dogged by things he has said, and not said, about Russia.

John Brennan said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump is trying to "delegitimize" the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Brennan says Putin is "very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump's interest in being flattered." He says it demonstrates that Trump "can be played by foreign leaders."

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12:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump's lengthy Asia trip is winding down as it began, with a visit meant to be centered on trade and North Korea shadowed by questions about Russia.

Trump was in the Philippines on Monday and remains dogged by things he has said, and has not said, about Russia.

On Saturday, he dismissed the former U.S. intelligence officials who said Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential elections as "political hacks."

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

Former CIA director John Brennan said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump is trying to "delegitimize" the intelligence community's assessment.

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8:10 p.m. Sunday

President Donald Trump is attending a gala in the Philippines celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay) greeted Trump and other leaders one by one as they arrived at a convention center in Manila for the glitzy event.

Trump and Duterte shook hands twice and exchanged pleasantries before the leaders posed for a group photo and everyone filed into dinner.

Trump joined his fellow leaders in wearing Philippine formal attire — the Barong Tagalog, or long-sleeved white shirt.

Duterte sat to Trump's left at dinner and they engaged in conversation before the first course was served.

Trump and Duterte will hold more formal talks on Monday

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5:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived in the Philippines to attend a pair of international summits and close his five-country tour of Asia.

Trump is slated to meet several times with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay). Duterte has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.

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.

He arrived in Manila on Sunday after a brief stop in Vietnam.

Trump also visited Japan, South Korea and China.

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4:20 p.m.

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

Trump said during a news conference Sunday in Vietnam that he believes U.S. intelligence agencies, which have concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help him win.

But Trump also says he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when Putin claims his country did no such thing.

Trump's comments came shortly before he took off for the Philippines, the final stop of his five-country Asia trip.

Trump is slated to attend a pair of international summits and meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte has come under fierce criticism from human rights groups for overseeing a violent drug war complete with extrajudicial killings.

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