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Magka-vibes kasi! Duterte’s first meeting with Trump warm, cordial- Palace

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s first meeting with United States President Donald Trump may have been brief, but Malacañang believes the two leaders were elated to see each other.

“Albeit short, it was very warm and cordial,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said about the meeting in a press conference in Da Nang, Vietnam Saturday (November 11).

Roque said Trump also told Duterte they will be seeing each other Sunday (November 12) when he flies to the Philippines for the ASEAN Summit.

The two leaders met for the first time at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.

A photo of their meeting, in which Duterte could be seen smiling slightly, was posted by Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

For Roque, the photo of Trump and Duterte’s chat speaks volumes.

“It shows that I think, the two leaders were genuinely pleased to have finally met each other in person,” he said.