President Trump on his last leg of Asia trip

President Trump is in the Philippines - the final stop of his five-nation visit to Asia.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017 7:04 PM
Updated: Nov. 12, 2017 7:04 PM

President Trump is in the Philippines - the final stop of his five-nation visit to Asia.

The president is due to hold formal talks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the man behind a bloody war on drugs in his country.

Earlier, the two shook hands and sat together at a dinner for regional leaders.

The big question here for the president's final stop in his 12-day swing through Asia is will he bring up human rights when he meets one-on-one with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte has very proudly been behind a series of extrajudicial killings.

He ran on the idea that he was going to clean up the drug trade.

Thousands of people have been killed without benefit of judge or jury.

And President Trump raised quite a controversy back in the spring when the text of a phone call with Duterte was released in which president trump praises him for what he says was his unbelievable job on the drug problem.

So will he bring it up?

Well, Duterte has said for his part that if he does, that he will tell him to lay off.

There are a lot of other things on the agenda as the president moves forward with other leaders, including Turnbull of Australia - North Korea, what to do about that nuclear problem, what to do about the growing violence in Syria and terrorism, as well as the South China Sea.

But all of that will pale in comparison to the world watching to see what the president will do in terms of human rights.

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