During the bilateral meeting, Trump cited the "great relationship" between the U.S. and the Philippines and thanked the host country for "the great treatment you have given us".
President Donald Trump has arrived in the Philippines to attend a pair of worldwide summits and close his five-country tour of Asia.
As the Manila handshake photo made the rounds Sunday, and was subjected to the usual brand of dismissive Twitter commentary, few seemed to note that the most notable person posing for the photo wasn't Donald Trump, but the man standing directly to his left, holding his hand: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Trump would hold his tongue in public to avoid embarrassing Duterte, whom he is urging to help pressure North Korea and fight terrorism, and to avoid pushing him into the arms of China.
When the reporters asked Trump whether he would raise human rights at the meeting, Duterte replied with: "Whoa, whoa".
Trump heads for the USA later Tuesday. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.
Meeting Asean leaders on Monday, Trump lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for putting up a good show. He said there had been a "rather lengthy discussion of the Philippine war on drugs". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump's Asia visit "embarrassing", asserting that the president is not ready for "primetime".
US President Donald Trump congratulated the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the liberation of Marawi City from local armed groups that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).
Modi says Trump "has expressed a very high opinion of India" in his travels. But Trump's rapport with Duterte comes during a time when Duterte is being criticized around the world for approving extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs.
Questions about whether Trump believes the assessment about Russian election-meddling have trailed him since January, when he said for the first time, shortly before taking office, that he accepted that Russia was behind the election-year hacking of Democrats that roiled the White House race. "What the president is trying to do right now is recognize that the gravest threat that America faces is North Korea developing nuclear weapons".
Trump is teasing a "major statement" on trade and North Korea in Washington on Wednesday when he returns.
As the United States media parses President Trump's confusing comments that he believes the contradictory positions of both the U.S. intelligence agencies and Vladimir Putin, the White House is moving ahead with important bilateral cooperation with Russian Federation.