But just a day earlier, he had lashed out at the former heads of the United States intelligence agencies, dismissing them as "political hacks" and claiming there were plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings that Russian Federation meddled to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump and Duterte were among 19 leaders at a glittering gala in the Philippines capital on Sunday ahead of an annual summit, and at one point Duterte took the microphone to sing "Ikaw" (You), in a duet with local pop diva Pilita Corrales.
Duterte has overseen a bloody drug war that has featured extrajudicial killings.
Former CIA Director John Brennan suggested that U.S. President Donald Trump might be "afraid" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid Russia meddling probe. He met with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and highlighted their two nations' "deeper and more comprehensive" ties, looking to strengthen a relationship that is vital to the USA vision of an Indo-Pacific region that attempts to de-emphasize China's influence.
North Korean officials described Mr. Trump's visit as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the USA defense industry".
"Instead of demanding concessions on trade; instead of demanding the same equal access to markets we provide to Chinese firms; instead of addressing the sordid history of intellectual property theft and extortion; Trump was eager to let China off the hook to say it was not their fault", but rather the failure of American presidents, he charged. As the global journalism watchdog group Reporters Without Borders noted in its 2017 report, the Philippines "continues to be one of the most risky countries for the media". "Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs", Sanders said.
A joint statement says the two leaders "underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential".
"As to whether I believe it, I'm with our agencies", Trump said. The White House has suggested the president may designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Mr. Turnbull said Australia will work with the U.S.to ensure stability.
Meeting Asean leaders on Monday, Trump lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for putting up a good show. "And that really is a sign of respect, perhaps for me a little, but really for our country". For now, the conflicting reports are the only answers that anyone will get. "We are an important ally", Duterte told Trump at the beginning of their talks, according to reporters allowed in to the meeting room.