Presidents Trump and Duterte ‘Candid in their Dealings’
President Donald Trump lauded his “great relationship” with the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, after meeting in Manila.
President Trump arrived in the Philippines Sunday for his 1st face-to-face meeting with President Duterte, whose been accused of ordering thousands of extra-judicial killings in his war on drugs.
“The relationship appears to be very warm and very friendly,” President Duterte spokesman Harry Roque said after their meeting Monday.
“They’ve been very candid in their dealings, and it’s very apparent that both of them have a person who they consider as not their best friend. They have similar feelings toward former US President Barack Obama.”
President Duterte has called Barack Hussein Obama a “Son of a Whore” for criticizing his brutal war on drug dealers and addicts, the body count for which is estimated at over 13,000 people by human rights activists.
President Trump avoided questions of human rights while in Manila for the last stop on his tour of Asia.
“We are not answering, this is not a press statement . . . We are in a bilateral meeting,” President Duterte said to the reporters. “We will be discussing matters that are of interest to both the Philippines and (the US) . . . with you around, guys, you are the spies.”
President Trump laughed at President Duterte’s last remark.
President Duterte said at a press conference last year that “just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch. You won’t be killed if you don’t do anything wrong.”
President Duterte’s spokesman said that the topic of human rights “was not brought up.”