Trump meets Japan, Australia leaders, discusses trade, North Korea threat

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Retno Marsudi, Indonesia's foreign minister who was present at the meeting, revealed that member states "condemned North Korea's ongoing development" of nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, and said that their nuclear tests were "a threat to the region's peace and stability". Duterte says their bilateral meeting is not a press conference.

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.

"Every time he sees me, he says: 'I didn't do that.' And I believe - I really believe - that when he tells me that, he means it", Trump said, arguing that it makes no sense for him to belabor the issue when Russian Federation could help the USA on North Korea, Syria and other issues.

Well, it's anyone's guess what President Donald Trump has lurking up his sleeve after he hinted on Sunday to a "major" announcement on trade and even North Korea, upon his return from his 12-day, five country tour of Asia.

The White House had added the East Asia Summit, an annual meeting of more than a dozen countries, to the president's schedule after concerns were raised that missing it might signify a lack of United States interest in Asia.

Trump told reporters traveling with him to Hanoi on Saturday that Putin had again vehemently denied the allegations. Annelise Riles, professor of far east legal studies and anthropology at Cornell University and the founder and director of policy innovation platform Meridian 180, says the trip marks an historic moment in the ongoing decline of US power in Asia.

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One of the leaders on his flank: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a bloody drug war that has featured extrajudicial killings.

The U.S. president did not respond. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.

Trump kicked off his trip in Hawaii on November 3, before traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election have followed President Donald Trump to Asia. But Trump remains dogged by things he has said, and not said, about Russian Federation. He says it demonstrates that Trump "can be played by foreign leaders".

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

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