Trump meets Japan, Australia leaders, discusses trade, North Korea threat

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

Trump Promises 'Major Statement' on Trade After Trip

Meanwhile, Trump promised that there will be a "major statement" from the White House on Wednesday, possibly about trade and North Korea.

John Brennan said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump is trying to "delegitimize" the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy Asia trip with an global summit and a series of meetings with Pacific Rim allies, including his host in the Philippines who is overseeing a bloody drug war. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.

When President Donald Trump met with his counterparts from Australia and Japan on Monday in Manila, two other countries were on the leaders' minds - China and North Korea.

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.

The U.S. president did not respond.

Trump said the U.S. also remained deeply concerned about the use of chemical weapons by state and non-state actors.

Brennan says Putin is "very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump's interest in being flattered".

Trump was in the Philippines on Monday and remains dogged by things he has said, and has not said, about Russian Federation.

A special counsel's examination of potential collusion between Moscow and Trump campaign aides so far has led to indictments against Trump's former campaign chairman and another top aide for crimes unrelated to the campaign, and a guilty plea from a Trump foreign policy adviser for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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. He later said during a press briefing Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam that he would be a "good thing" if he and Kim became friends.

Trump's first official visit to the region was billed as a push to step up worldwide pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and reduce USA trade deficits with South Korea, Japan and China.

But swirling questions about Russian Federation followed Trump halfway across the globe.

He does not blame other countries "for taking advantage of the United States on trade", Trump continued.

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