' I EN­JOY BE­ING HERE

Trump reaf­firms PH-US ties

Tempo - - Front Page - By ARGYLL CYRUS B. GEDUCOS

United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day reaf­firmed the good, long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Philip­pines and the US and re­vealed that he is en­joy­ing his stay in the coun­try so far.

United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day reaf­firmed the good, long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Philip­pines and the US and re­vealed that he is en­joy­ing his stay in the coun­try so far.

Trump made the state­ment to mem­bers of the me­dia be­fore his bi­lat­eral meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Duterte at the Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Pasay City.

The two world lead­ers par­tic­i­pated in many meet­ings as part of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Sum­mit that started yes­ter­day.

In a short state­ment, Trump rec­og­nized the ro­bust re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Philip­pines and the United States and thanked Duterte for the warm wel­come.

"We've had a great re­la­tion­ship. This has been very suc­cess­ful. We have many meet­ings to­day with many lead­ers," Trump said.

"The ASEAN con­fer­ences have been han­dled beau­ti­fully by the Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines and your rep­re­sen­ta­tives," he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Trump, he en­joyed the ASEAN 50th An­niver­sary Spe­cial Gala Din­ner at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Pasay City that Duterte hosted Sun­day night.

Trump de­scribed the event as “fan­tas­tic” and cited the tremen­dous tal­ent of those who per­formed dur­ing the event.

"We very much ap­pre­ci­ate the great treat­ment that you have given. I thought last night's event was fan­tas­tic," he said.

"Tremen­dous tal­ent. Most of them, I guess, are from the Philip­pines. Tremen­dous tal­ent – musical tal­ent, dance tal­ent. We re­ally had a tremen­dous time, all of the lead­ers," he added.

"So in be­half, I think, of the lead­ers and ev­ery­body, I want to thank you and I want to thank the Philip­pines," Trump said. "Thank you very much. I en­joy be­ing here," he said.

Duterte and Trump sat next to each other dur­ing the gala din­ner.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive has been very fond of Trump, com­mend­ing him for his non-crit­i­cal stance on the war against drugs and al­leged cases of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

(Ali Vi­coy)

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Pres­i­dent Duterte hold a bi­lat­eral meet­ing on the side­lines of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Sum­mit and Re­lated Meet­ings at the Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Pasay City.

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