Saturday, Philippine President Duterte said that President Trump deserved to be re-elected, praising the US President’s reaction to his decision to end a Y 1951 military agreement with the United States.
President Trump said Wednesday he did not mind Duterte’s decision to end the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, called the move “unfortunate” as Washington and its allies press China to abide by “international rules” in Asia.
“It is President Trump’s circumspect and judicious reaction to the termination of the VFA that made President Duterte give the following remarks: ‘President Trump is a good President and he deserves to be re-elected’,” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
The Philippine leader favors closer ties with China and Russia has said it was time for the Philippines to be militarily independent. And President Trump agrees.