He made the announcement on Monday (Jan 20), after Malacañang said Trump renewed his invitation to President Duterte to attend a summit he would host for the 10 Asean leaders. Trump attended the Asean leaders’ summit hosted by Duterte in Manila in November 2017 but skipped the 2018 and 2019 summits. In the last gathering, most of the Asean leaders did not show up at the Asean-US discussion in Bangkok where the United States was represented by Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien. “The Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat adopted the consensus to hold the Asean-US Summit with US President Trump, ” Locsin said on Twitter. Trump, a populist leader like Duterte, had publicly made known his admiration for the Philippine leader, who serenaded the American president at the 2017 Asean summit.
Source: The Star January 20, 2020 20:48 UTC