Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke separately about the territorial rifts ahead of the ASEAN, East Asia summits and related meetings here with the US, China and other global players where the disputes are expected to get the spotlight, along with North Korea's nuclear threat and terrorism.
On Sunday, he tried to have it both ways, saying he believes both the US intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Russian President Vladimir Putin's sincerity in claiming that his country did not.
President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy Asia trip with an worldwide summit and a trio of meetings with Pacific Rim allies, including his host in the Philippines who is overseeing a bloody drug war.
"At the age of 16, I already killed someone. But I only want to emphasise that our meetings for the next two days present an excellent opportunity for us to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and worldwide importance", he said.
Duterte has good reason to expect that Trump will not make his bloody rule an issue during the visit. But as Trump was about to land on Friday, the White House announced no meeting would take place.
Brennan said Trump's ambiguity on Russia's involvement was "very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint".
In a speech to business leaders from the Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC) in Da Nang in Vietnam, Trump slammed countries engaged in what he termed unfair trade practices and trade abuses. "It was just over a look", Agence France Presse quoted him as saying.
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"The United States has to be treated fairly and in a reciprocal fashion", Trump tweeted before heading back to Washington, where he is scheduled to arrive later Tuesday.
But critics warn the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte's drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives.
"He (Trump) said something about: 'You know, you handle it very well, '" he told reporters upon his arrival from Vietnam.
They also say it has uncomfortable similarities with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's salute. She was contradicted by Duterte's spokesman, who said there was "no mention" of human rights. Bishop had previously criticised the drug war.
A photo posted by Duterte's aide on Facebook showed the two men smiling along with their officials, who also raised their fists against the backdrop of Japanese and Philippine flags. Duterte, however, made it clear that he won't welcome any discussion on human rights lest he will tell the United States leader to "lay off".
"Forget what they say, those human rights (activists)". Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies".
Asean and China also highlighted the role of witnesses in identifying and prosecuting corruptors and said they would develop "an effective protection system for witnesses in corruption cases, where appropriate".