Trump used the speech interpreter at the White House on Monday to speak with President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The President spoke with President Duterte for the first time,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Tuesday.
“After the President spoke to President Duterte, the President and First Lady Melania Trump made their way to the White Street Meeting Room to meet with senior administration officials and representatives of the White and Asian communities.”
The White House is not commenting on Trump’s use of the speech-translator during his visit.
Duterte told reporters during his trip to Washington last week that he will use the interpreter to ensure his communications are not intercepted.
But Trump told reporters at the time that the White Houses security is “100 per cent” on top of that.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but they’re all being very nice,” Trump said.
The US president is expected to travel to the Philippines for a state visit in the coming days, the latest in a series of overseas trips for Trump.
In Washington on Monday, Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte, who were expected to discuss the US’ efforts to curb the flow of illegal drugs and human rights abuses in the Philippines.