Trade and concern about possible protectionism under Trump's "America First" agenda have come up during his regional visit, which has included stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. But Trump remains dogged by things he has said, and not said, about Russian Federation.
Days before he left for the five-nation Asia trip, Trump's campaign chairman was indicted on charges he laundered millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and a campaign adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That cross-body handshake, during which each leader shakes the opposite hands of those next to him or her, briefly baffled Trump, who then laughed as he figured out where to place his arms.
With cameos in 12 Hollywood films and 14 television series, a twice-Emmy nominated reality program, and a stint as owner and producer of the world's most prominent beauty pageant, US President Donald Trump knows a top-notch act when he sees one.
"It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received", Trump said. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies".
"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Multiple congressional committees are also investigating.
Prior to the speech, Mr. Kim said, "the biggest fear in Seoul has been the possibility of the USA bypassing South Korea, striking Pyongyang and thus inviting massive retaliation from the North".
Democrats panned Mr. Trump's trip, saying he succumbed to the flattery of red-carpet treatment from Chinese President Xi Jinping. The White House says Trump briefly raised human rights issues with Duterte.
But rather than rebuke Duterte's drug war killings, Trump praised him, according to a leaked transcript of a phone call between the two men earlier this year.
The two spoke during an economic conference in Danang, Vietnam.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had made clear during his trip to Asia that the United States was open to trading with other countries, but only if conditions were fair for his country.
"We will be discussing matters that are of interest to both the Philippines and... with you around, guys, you are the spies", Duterte is reported to have said, referring to media who were being ushered from the room after trying to shout questions. The photos and videos have been studied perhaps unlike those of any world leader previously, even though awkward handshakes between leaders happen pretty much all the time.
Trump was originally scheduled to depart Manila on Monday but he added a day to the visit so he could more fully participate in one of the summits.
The handshake chain is a set piece during the gathering of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which met in Manila on Monday.