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Trump skips East Asia leaders Summit, sends Tillerson instead

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 4 days ago Gutierrez, Angelo
US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to depart from the Philippines as he returns home to the United States on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst © Provided by GMA News Online US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to depart from the Philippines as he returns home to the United States on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

MANILA — US President Donald Trump left the Philippines on Tuesday without attending an annual East Asia Summit, due to delays in the schedule of the program 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.

Air Force One was seen leaving the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at past 3 p.m.

—Reuters

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