10.11.2017 | Trump meets Putin in Vietnam: US and Russia face to face just a day afterTrump's meeting with China
Source - The Daily Express
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin greeted each other at the APEC summit in Vietnam, where they shook hands and exchanged a few words.
The US president then sent a warning to his Asian rivals, telling them America would no longer tolerate bad trade deals.
Mr Trump approached Russia's leader at a photo session in the Vietnamese city of Danang. He gave him a friendly slap on the shoulder and held a brief discussion.
It comes amid contrasting reports the two are set for a formal meeting - something Washington denies but the Kremlin states is a possibility.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the two leaders would meet "one way or another".
Mr Putin's spokesman said: "For now there is no clarity. Contradictory information has been coming from our American colleagues.
Having just concluded a state visit to China, Trump said the United States was ready to make a bilateral deal with any country in the Indo-Pacific region - but only on the basis of "mutual respect and mutual benefit".
He blasted the World Trade Organization and multilateral trade deals, and some analysts expect tougher action may be imminent from the White House to fight bilateral trade imbalances with China exacerbated by Beijing's state-led economic model.
It came after Mr Trump visited China to discuss future trade deals.
He was given a state welcome and stated following the visit he did not hold China's deals with the USA against them - despite claiming they were unfair.
He Tweeted: "I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S. on trade leading up to a point where the U.S. is losing $100's of billions. How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue? I would've done same!
“My meetings with President Xi Jinping were very productive on both trade and the subject of North Korea. He is a highly respected and powerful representative of his people. It was great being with him and Madame Peng Liyuan!”