Donald Trump skips East Asia Summit due to delays in programme schedule, sends Rex Tillerson instead

Manila: United States president Donald Trump left the Philippines on Tuesday without attending an annual East Asia Summit, due to delays in the schedule of the programme of meetings.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he delivered his prepared remarks during a lunch with the leaders instead.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would attend Tuesday’s summit in his place, a senior White House official said, adding the event was running too late.

The meetings in Manila were approximately 90 minutes behind schedule.

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Updated Date: Nov 14, 2017 13:53:28 IST