U.S. President Donald Trump speaks of the great relationship that he had with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, as the two leaders meet on the sidelines of an asian summit.

Their meeting was one of the most anticipated of the Summit of East and Southeast Asian Leaders in manila, with Human Rights groups pressing trump to take a tough line on duterte over his bloody war on drugs, in which thousands of people have been killed.

Duterte, who has spoken highly of Trump, last week said he would tell him to “lay off” should Trump decide to raise the issue of alleged human rights violations.

But when asked by reporters at the bilateral about pressing the philippines on human rights, Trump said this was not a news conference and avoided answering the question.

Trump was criticised in may for praising duterte during a phone call for the great job he was doing to counter illegal narcotics.