"We have deficits with nearly everybody; those deficits are going to be cut very quickly and very substantially". (And, to be sure, in the most recent footage from the Philippines, a bespectacled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also seems to struggle some with ASEAN-concept handshake).
On the sidelines of an global summit, Trump looked to strengthen ties with Pacific Rim allies, aiming to strike bilateral, rather than multinational trade agreements, and increase pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. "They have similar feelings toward former U.S. President Barack Obama".
Trump joined fellow heads of state in Manila on Tuesday for a luncheon, where they are to discuss regional issues. He added a day to the schedule amid criticism that he would have missed the final summit. But he extended the trip after he was criticized for planning to miss the events.
North Korean officials described Mr. Trump's visit as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the USA defense industry".
Beyond what representatives for Trump and Duterte will officially say, the record will be blank. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on the other hand, said specifically that "human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs".
In addition to meeting with Duterte, Trump is expected to attend the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference on Monday to urge allies to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme. "There was only a rather lengthy discussion of the Philippine war on drugs with President Duterte doing most of the explaining".
Ms Ardern will meet Rodrigo Duterte later this evening after the East Asia Summit finishes in Manila.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I sang uninvited, upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States", Duterte later said, according to the ABS-CBN news channel.
Trump was among 20 foreign leaders in the Philippines for the summit, his first visit to the country as president.
Activists later held their protests about a kilometre away from the venue and burned a 13-foot (4-metre) effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump says Modi has "become a friend of ours" and praising the Indian leader during their one-on-one meeting. Duterte has received global criticism for the human rights situation in the Philippines right now, from Filipinos (although many do like him), human rights organizations, and various governments alike - including President Obama.
Trump said he would wait until his return to Washington on Wednesday to elaborate with a "major statement" on those two topics but hinted at progress while in Manila.