President Trump to make "major" announcement about North Korea, trade

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

Trump raved about his accomplishments on his five-nation journey, including on trade and North Korea, but said he would wait until his return to Washington on Wednesday to elaborate with a "major statement".

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".

The prime minister said the three countries were focused on stopping North Korea's "reckless provocation".

In the Philippines capital, Manila, he hailed a "great relationship" with his counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, a man accused of an anti-drugs crackdown that has left thousands dead.

Who will be the strongest political force in East Asia in 2030? Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.

The U.S. president did not respond.

Observing that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes threaten the entire world, he called on all nations to join the United States in ensuring the complete, verifiable, and total denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Mr. Trump praised Duterte, whose presidency has been marked by extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and users.

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

Brennan said Trump's ambiguity on Russia's involvement was "very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint". He says it demonstrates that Trump "can be played by foreign leaders".

Trump was in the Philippines on Monday and remains dogged by things he has said, and has not said, about Russian Federation. The summit was held approximately two hours later than scheduled, which is believed to have led to Trump's absence.

The issue of North Korea featured prominently during Trump's visits to Japan, South Korea and China, but his stops in Danang, Vietnam and Manila had focused more on pushing for "reciprocal" trade relations with Asian countries.

But swirling questions about Russian Federation followed Trump halfway across the globe.

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.

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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