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Enjoy sa Pinas! Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with Duterte in bilateral meeting

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United States President Donald Trump can’t help but gush over President Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippines despite being in the country for just 24 hours.

“We’ve had a great relationship,” Trump said of Duterte Monday (November 13) in brief remarks to reporters during their bilateral meeting.

Trump praised Duterte for handling the 31st ASEAN Summit “beautifully.”

“I really enjoyed being here. The weather is always good. Today it’s pretty good. But one thing about the Philippines eventually it gets good no matter what,” he said.

Trump said he particularly enjoyed the gala dinner hosted by Duterte for heads of state of ASEAN member countries and dialogue partners.

“I thought last night’s event was fantastic, tremendous talent. Most of them I guess from the Philippines. But tremendous talent. Musical talent, dance talent and we really had a tremendous time, all of the leaders,” he said.