Trump Hints at 'Major' Announcement on North Korea, Trade, Following Asia Trip

President Donald Trump shares a toast during a state dinner hosted by South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul South Korea

President Donald Trump shares a toast during a state dinner hosted by South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul South Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump raised North Korea's missile tests during talks on Monday with the prime ministers of Japan and Australia, and said "a lot" of progress had been made in negotiations on trade.

John Brennan said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump is trying to "delegitimize" the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. Duterte, facing strong criticism from human rights groups internationally, replied, "Whoa, whoa". Annelise Riles, professor of far east legal studies and anthropology at Cornell University and the founder and director of policy innovation platform Meridian 180, says the trip marks an historic moment in the ongoing decline of USA power in Asia.

Earlier, as regional leaders gathered at a colorful ceremony to open the summit in Manila, Duterte sidestepped the controversy over his war on illegal drugs and its thousands of extrajudicial killings.

He said that he would make "a very complete statement as to trade, as to North Korea, as to a lot of other things".

He provided a copy of his prepared remarks to the White Hose reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force One on his way back home from Manila at the conclusion of his almost two-week trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies".

On Sunday, he tried to have it both ways, saying he believes both the USA intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Russian President Vladimir Putin's sincerity in claiming that his country did not. He says it demonstrates that Trump "can be played by foreign leaders".


Brennan said Trump's ambiguity on Russia's involvement was "very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint".

"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Questions about whether Trump believes the assessment about Russian election-meddling have trailed him since January, when he said for the first time, shortly before taking office, that he accepted that Russia was behind the election-year hacking of Democrats that roiled the White House race.

Trump said during a news conference Sunday in Vietnam that he believes US intelligence agencies, which have concluded Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election to help him win.

Trump's comments came shortly before he took off for the Philippines, the final stop of his five-country Asia trip.

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