By David Nakamura and Emily Rauhala | Washington Post

MANILA – As his first official trip to Asia neared its end Monday, President Donald Trump had yet to utter a word about the vicious military campaign against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, which the United Nations’ top human rights official has called a “textbook example” of genocide.

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Earlier in Vietnam, Trump embraced the communist nation’s leaders during a state visit to Hanoi without publicly raising the ongoing crackdown on political speech and independent journalists. He lavished praise in Beijing on Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who oversees an authoritarian system that sharply limits press freedoms, as “a very special man.”

And here in Manila, human rights issues were barely discussed – if at all – in Trump’s first meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has garnered worldwide condemnation for waging a bloody, extrajudicial drug war that has killed thousands, including children, who have either been shot in police raids or targeted by hit men, often after being named by police.

Throughout his 12-day, five-nation trip in Asia, Trump focused primarily on tough talk about trade, terrorism and North Korea’s nuclear program, while saying little about chronic human-rights abuses in a region that is home to some of world’s most brutal authoritarian regimes. The …read more

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