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Trump doesn't publicly condemn Duterte on human rights

Photo: Rolex dela Pena / Pool Photo via AP

President Trump did not publicly discuss human rights or rebuke Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of extrajudicial killings in The Philippines' drug war during a bilateral meeting at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

What happened: During the public portion of the meeting, Trump and Duterte both ignored repeated questions from the press pool about human rights as Duterte told the pool that the meeting "was not a press statement." Duterte then jokingly called the reporters in the room "spies," eliciting a laugh from Trump.