Throughout Trump’s 12-day Asia tour, most of the countries treated President Donald Trump’s arrivals with elaborate ceremonies. Granted, countries like China probably orchestrated every bit of the welcome he received.
However, his arrival to the Philippines was a bit different. Despite a gala being held for his and Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte meeting, Trump was met by violent protests occurring outside along the street to the U.S. embassy. ABC reported:
‘Carrying placards declaring “Dump Trump” and “Down with US Imperialism”, the left-wing protesters were blocked by police in riot gear with shields and batons, and then showered with jets of water from a fire engine.’
One student called Trump:
‘…the CEO of the imperialist US Government.’
The Philippines is the last country Trump will visit in Asia before he heads back home to the White House.
Despite strained relations between the U.S. and the Philippines, Duterte stressed a need for friendship between the countries.
‘We have to be friends, the other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world on so many issues.’
Though that sounds wonderful, Duterte has expressed opinions that could be considered anti-U.S. One opinion he expressed was back in 2016 when he called President Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” Furthermore, Duterte once said he would force the United States to leave the Philippines. He said:
‘We do not need you. Prepare to leave the Philippines. Prepare for the eventual repeal or abrogation of the VFA.
‘Bye, bye America and [sic] work on the protocols that will eventually move you out of the Philippines.’
That was before Trump took office.
Let’s not forget Duterte called the ambassador to the Philippines a “gay son of a bitch.”
Actually, in all reality, Trump and Duterte sound like they could be the best of friends based on Duterte’s habit of saying whatever enters his mind.
Regardless, the people of the Philippines were not happy about Trump’s arrival.
If it’s any consolation to Filipinos, though, we aren’t happy about Trump coming back to the U.S. ourselves.
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