"Tell Rodrigo I like him very much. He's a good guy" - Trump

United States President Donald Trump before going back to Washington made his words that would reach the ears of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Tell Rodrigo I like him very much. He’s a good guy. I had a great time here.” Trump said.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea along with US Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez and US Ambassador Sung Kim, led the send-off party at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“I think it’s a very successful trip and the Philippines and the US relations are back on track,” Romualdez said. He will fly to Washington on Monday to officially start his tour of duty.

“I told (Trump to) have a safe trip. I’ll see you in Washington,” Romualdez said, referring to his presentation of credentials at the White House.

Trump reportedly answered: “We look forward to it.”

“Tremendous talent. Musical talent, dance talent, and we really had a tremendous time, all of the leaders,” Trump said.

“The Filipino performers were great. But the greatest performer was him,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, referring to Duterte, quoted Trump as having told him while the latter pointed his finger to where Duterte was seated with partner Honeylet Avanceña.

“The whole bilateral meeting showed clear good vibes between the two leaders,” Dureza said.

Trump said he also looks forward to forging “fair trade deals” with ASEAN countries and dialogue partners.

“Just arrived at #ASEAN50 in the Philippines for my final stop with world leaders. Will lead to fair trade deals unlike the horror shows from past administrations,” he said.

Trump was apparently referring to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that his predecessor Barack Obama had pushed for in the region.


Source:  philstar.com

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