(AP) – President Donald Trump is again thanking the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR’-tay), for hosting world leaders at the annual ASEAN summit.
Trump tells the leaders of member nations gathered in Manila that he’s “here to advance peace, to promote security and to work with you to achieve a truly free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Trump says Duterte provided “incredible hospitality” to the leaders during their visit, including entertainment at a dinner Sunday night that reportedly featured Duterte singing Trump a song.
Trump is also once again touting U.S. economic gains since the election, saying the country has been moving ahead “brilliantly.”
After Trump’s remarks, Duterte instructed “the media to leave us alone.”