President Trump Attends ASEAN Gala Celebration Dinner in Manila, Philippines 11/12/17

President Donald Trump and various world leaders attend a special ASEAN gala celebration dinner hosted by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, Philippines

MANILA (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump landed in the Philippines on Sunday for a summit of Southeast and East Asian nations, hours after offering to mediate on competing claims to the South China Sea that have long stoked tensions in the region.

It will be the last leg of a marathon Asia tour that, despite Trump’s “America First” policy, may reassure some that his administration remains committed to a region that Beijing sees as its strategic domain.


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5 Responses to President Trump Attends ASEAN Gala Celebration Dinner in Manila, Philippines 11/12/17

  1. czarowniczy says:

    Aside from the fact that I LOVE DUTERTE due to his ‘kill them on the spot’ policy in dealing with drug dealers, we need the Philippines. They have also had a Moslem terrorist problem a century older than ours so their help in rooting out this international menace is invaluable.
    BTW, those ‘matching shirts’ are the Philippine national shirt, the Barong Tagalog. One of my sons is married to a Filipina and I still have mine in the closet. Would wear bit but it’s made from coconut fiber and is a bit scritchy and it seems to have shrunk a bit…damned humidity.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Yes, I have had a problem with the humidity here in FL, too. 🙄

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      It sounds like a terrible thing that the drug dealers can be killed on the spot, but, on the other hand, I like it better than here where we support them in jail for a few years and then put them back out on the street to continue their business. I certainly think that would be a deterrent.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        You bust a dealer and in most cases s/he’s out on the street in hours on bond and back to dealing. If you want to spare the small dealer fish than say that anyone caught selling more than ‘x’ amount gets thrown off an interstate bridge during rush hour.
        The amount of familial, physical and cultural damage done by drugs is incredible, most folks just don’t see it in its entirety. Add in the depth and breadth of international damage and it’s hard to grasp in its totality.
        We have wasted decades trying to play progressive patty cake with dealers, wringing our hands while protecting their rights as their direct actions ruined or ended lives around the world…time to change to something more effective.
        It would be nice to let the family members of those whose lives were ruined/ended extract justice at their hands…that would be closure. If they don’t want to then let the society they’ve damaged do it in the 3rd person.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Without his Secret Service detail following his every move, President Trump–SUCH ENERGY!–was taking a chance in a nation which continues to have a jihadi problem. Hopefully the agents were in the kitchen testing the food.

    The entry of various heads of state into the dining area to first meet President and Mrs. Duterte was certainly entertaining and gave me a few guffaws. Who can ever see Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and not think of I’ll-be-more-flexible-after-the-election Obama? Justin with his shirt all buttoned up and his fluffy hair is certainly a “long drink of water” as my Mum used to say, but he was very cordial.

    It helped when the public address system could be heard for the intros. Even then, though, it was difficult to determine who the participants were.

    So I went to Wiki to look a few up. The slim Asian woman dressed beautifully but looking rather sour was the Myanmar Head of Government, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Another lone female–whose outfit wasn’t in keeping with the other women’s dress–was New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, but she was friendly and smiling. I’m not sure if President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was there…if so, she likely wasn’t seated next to the Chinese guy…LOL!

    Time well-spent by our President, as was his entire trip with success after success.

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