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In a tweet from Manila, President Trump on Monday announced that he will nominate Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and healthcare official during the George W. Bush administration, to be his new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

If confirmed by the Senate, Azar would replace Tom Price, who resigned as secretary under pressure on Sept. 29 after a series of stories in Politico documented his repeated use of private jets and government aircraft instead of commercial planes, at a cost of more than $400,000. Investigations into Price’s actions are ongoing.

Price, a Republican who represented a Georgia district in Congress before he was named to the Cabinet, also presided over the failure of the president’s effort to make good on a campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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After 11 days of honor guards, dancing children, palace banquets, deference from Asian leaders and an audience with an emperor, President Trump on Monday seemed determined not to spoil the pomp and ceremony with a sticky dispute over human rights.

So as he met in Manila with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, a leader accused of overseeing a broad crackdown on suspected drug dealers that has left thousands of people dead without charges or trials, Trump ignored reporters’ questions about human rights and instead focused on the hospitality.

"We've had a great relationship," Trump said as he and Duterte, host of this year's summit of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations, briefly met with reporters.

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President Trump arrived in the Philippines ahead of another controversial moment in his five-nation Asia tour — a scheduled meeting with Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president, who has a history of human rights abuses.

Trump had an initial encounter with Duterte in Manila on Sunday, exchanging handshakes and toasts with him at a gala dinner opening an international conference.

The two leaders will hold talks at the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations summit on Monday, marking the last leg of Trump’s tour, which has also included stops in Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam

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President Trump is exchanging schoolyard taunts with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Trump tweeted from Vietnam: 

Trump has been working to rally global pressure against North Korea's nuclear weapons program during a five-nation trip to Asia. That included a stern speech delivered in South Korea during which Trump called Kim a “tyrant,” and contrasted North Korea with what he called an economic “miracle” in South Korea.

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President Trump has signed a proclamation saluting the veterans of the Vietnam War.

From Da Nang, Vietnam, the site of an American air base that was used during the Vietnam War, Trump tweeted:

The president on Friday stood with seven veterans and praised their service. Some of the veterans spoke and praised Trump's support of the military. One began to cry as he talked about fallen veterans and Trump hugged him.

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President Trump tweeted Saturday that "progress is being made" when it comes to the denuclearization of North Korea.

Trump also wrote that Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to toughen sanctions against Pyongyang, though no official announcement had yet been made in that regard.

Trump spent two nights in Beijing this week on the third leg of a five-country Asia tour. While there, he pressed Xi to do more to squeeze the North Korean economy and cut off exports into North Korea, the vast majority of which come from China.

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President Trump lashed out at critics of his meeting Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Trump again declined to press concerns about Russian interference in the election last year.

In a pair of tweets sent Saturday evening, Trump wrote that Russia "can greatly help" U.S. efforts to deal with a number of diplomatic crises, including North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

He also took aim at "the haters and fools out there" who have questioned his efforts to maintain "a good relationship with Russia."

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President Trump wished a happy birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps on Friday in a tweet.

The Marine Corps was established by the Second Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775, according to the Marine Corps website.

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President Trump on Friday delivered a stern message to a group of Pacific Rim nations eager for signs of the United States’ continued engagement and economic leadership in the region: America first.

“We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore,” Trump told an audience of business leaders assembled in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which annually gathers leaders from across the region and around the world to discuss trade and development.

“I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first.”

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President Trump has departed China and is headed to Vietnam.

Trump tweeted that First Lady Melania Trump would remain in China to do some sightseeing before visiting Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, then returning to Washington.

Trump was to continue his five-nation Asia tour with his stop in Vietnam, where he was slated to attend the annual conference of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group.