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President distances himself from earlier comments on Russia

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President Donald Trump made his final stop on a five-nation tour of Asia Monday with a visit to the Philippines.

The president appeared to warmly embrace Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their meetings at the ASEAN summit, casually referring to him him by his first name and laughing as Duterte referred to reporters in attendance as "spies."

Duterte was more than friendly toward Mr. Trump, serenading the president with the lyrics of a hit Filipino love song, "You are the light in my world, a half of this heart of mine."

The White House says the president brought up human rights violations with Duterte, who has called for the execution of suspected drug dealers, though briefly.

Duterte's spokesperson says that conversation never happened.

President Trump is also facing criticism for appearing to take Vladimir Putin's word that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 elections instead of believing the intelligence community. 
 
The president is now walking that back.

"I believe that President Putin really feels, and he feels strongly, that he did not meddle in our elections," President Trump said, adding, "As to whether I believe it or not, I'm with our agencies."

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