Trump arrives in the Philippines, Duterte sings him a love song


United States President Donald Trump on Monday said that he shared a "great relationship" with the Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte.

Trump also vowed the the U.S. will continue to provide assistance in rehabilitating and reconstructing the city ravaged by 5 months of war. Duterte has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings.

Duterte cursed Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, past year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two.

Trump and Duterte's meeting was one of the most anticipated of the East and Southeast Asian leaders' summit in Manila.

But even as Trump sought to build consensus, he also stressed the need for countries in the region to remain sovereign, intimating to leaders in Asia that he will primarily focus on issues that impact the United States and not meddle in a foreign nation's domestic affairs.

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.

Trump's stop in the Philippines will be his last on his 12-day tour of Asia.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the ASEAN Summit in Manila. While human rights groups were pressing the US President to take a tough stance on Duterte's bloody war on drugs, the issue reportedly did not see the prime light during their discussion.