A British paper, The Independent, used a misleading title ‘Hand in hand with a killer’ where US President Donald Trump was captured in a handshake gesture with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in a traditional photo ops of world leaders during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila.
“The Independent” according to surveys, is one of the most-read online platforms in the United Kingdom, published a photo on its front page with this caption:
“Donald Trump hailed his ‘great relationship’ with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.”
The said photo was captured on Monday, the first day of ASEAN Summit meetings held in the capital of the Philippines.
But the newspaper did not indicate who the killer was.
On their first formal and personal talks during the ASEAN Summit, the two tough-talking leaders discussed several issues including trade and the campaign against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Trump emphasized trade between the two countries. Particularly, Trump pointed out the taxes given to imported cars from USA while there were no taxes for cars coming from Japan.
The two leaders also talked about the campaign against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration. Roque said that there were some things Trump asked Duterte about how severe is the problem of the illegal drugs in the Philippines.
The two leaders strengthened the friendship of the Philippines and America and both agreed on the same note about one person.
“It’s very apparent that both of them have a [common] person who they consider as not their best friend. They have similar feelings towards former US President Barack Obama,” Roque said. “He [Trump] made the assurance that President Duterte has a friend in the person of President Trump.”