Trump and Turnbull use private meeting to talk war and peace

Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte and Malcolm Turnbull
US President Donald Trump, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, link hands during the Opening ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines. Source: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has had a half-hour rendezvous with United States President Donald Trump, at his presidential hotel suite in Manila.

The meeting took place on the last evening of Trump’s six day Asia tour.

Both leaders have been in the Philippines capital since Sunday for the East Asia summit which concludes on Thursday.

Turnbull and Trump met without officials in the room, for more than 30 minutes, to discuss trade and regional security.

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The Daily Telegraph reports that Trump told Turnbull that a United States-led military attack on North Korea is a live option on the table to stop brutal dictator Kim Jong-un’s threat of nuclear war. The report says Turnbull agreed,that when facing such a grave threat of nuclear war, it’s prudent to keep all ­options, including launching a military attack, on the table. They also reported he turned Trump to find a peaceful solution, to avoid a major conflict that could rock the peace and stability of the region.

Earlier reports said Trump had cancelled a dinner the pair had been scheduled for. Instead they had a three-way chat with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

There was also another odd handshake episode, during a traditional cross-armed group handshake. While it seems both Turnbull and Trump work out where to put their hands, the Russian PM skips the idea altogether. 

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The world is still waiting to hear what Trump’s news is, after hinting about a major announcement on trade, which will be revealed on Wednesday.

He hinted about it again during his meeting with Turnbull and Abe. 

“It will be a very complete statement as to trade, as to North Korea as to a lot of other things,” Trump said.

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