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UNCOMFORTABLE The president did his best to play along but it was clearly something his staff hadn't prepared him for

U.S. President Donald Trump skipped the plenary session of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila on Tuesday because of scheduling delays, but he said his marathon trip to the region had been a success.

Trump said his trip had resulted in at least $300 billion, possibly triple that figure, of deals being agreed.

"The conversation focused on ISIS (Islamic State), illegal drugs, and trade".

The White House said earlier that human rights had come up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs. At the opening ceremony in Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said that the two days of meetings presented an excellent opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and worldwide importance.

A spokesman for Duterte, however, said "there was no mention of human rights" and "no mention of extralegal killings".

Ms Ardern will meet Rodrigo Duterte later this evening after the East Asia Summit finishes in Manila.

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The Philippine leader told the audience he had done so "upon the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States", drawing laughter from the crowd and a smile from Trump.

"The Prime Minister took the opportunity to invite President Duterte for the (2018) commemorative summit that will be held next year which President Duterte gladly accepted, as have other ASEAN leaders", she added.

Modi says Trump "has expressed a very high opinion of India" in his travels.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the ASEAN Summit in Manila.

The Indian Prime Minister arrived in the Philippines capital on Sunday for a three-day visit. He has encouraged citizens in Philippines to bring drug peddlers to justice in the country as part of his crackdown on suspected drug dealers and users. "We are an important ally", Duterte told Trump at the beginning of their talks, according to reporters allowed in to the meeting room. Analysts on the Korean Peninsula said Mr. Trump succeeded in lowering tensions while showing firm resolve in his demand to denuclearize North Korea. The White House has suggested the president may designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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