Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Philippine protesters burn Swastika-shaped effigy of Donald Trump

Philippine protesters burn Swastika-shaped effigy of Donald Trump

Trump was supposed to join hands with Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan, and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, but instead ended up cradling Nguyen's hand with both of his - breaking the line in two.

"We've made some very big steps with regard to trade - far bigger than anything you know", Trump told reporters.

ASEAN organizers did not respond to a request for information about why the US was left out. Since becoming president, Trump has pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a major trade agreement, arguing it would damage America's economic interests.

In brief remarks before the start of the summit, Turnbull said North Korea needed to end its "recklessness".

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The Philippines will also issue nine declarations as the chair of the summits.

On November 12, Trump and Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte attended a gala dinner in Manila with 17 other world leaders.

Trump's latest trick, on the final leg of a tour of Asia that included a fish feeding scandal in Japan, inspired the internet.

Protesters burn an image of US President Donald Trump fashioned on a swastika in Manila, Philippines, Nov. 13, 2017.

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On Saturday, Trump lashed out at former heads of the US intelligence agencies, claiming there are plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings and dismissing them as "political hacks".

In another odd and candid moment from the ASEAN summit, Duterte - who recently said he stabbed someone to death when he was a teenage because of "a look" - sang a Filipino love song "on the orders of Donald Trump" shortly before the summit.

But a spokesperson for Duterte denies that the topic was discussed, telling the Associated Press that there "was no mention of human rights". Since taking office in 2016, the controversial Filipino leader has presided over a bloody so-called war on drugs in which more than 7,000 people have been extrajudicially killed by police or vigilantes.

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