Donald Trump has a thing for dictators. The Philippines’ President has been dubbed the “Trump of the East,” and this dictator played the U.S. president like master.
The Philippines’ dictator said last week that if Trump brought up human rights violations, he would tell him to “lay off.” The two men met at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group meeting in Vietnam.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, according to Reuters:
‘The conversation focused on ISIS (Islamic State), illegal drugs, and trade. Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs.’
Last May, Trump said that Rodrigo Duterte was doing a “great job” in his bloody war on illegal narcotics.
Spokesperson for Duterte, Harry Rogue said the two talked about Duterte’s anti-drug policy and Trump “seemed appreciative of his efforts,” Reuters reported:
‘There was no mention of human rights, no mention of extra-legal killings.’
Rogue added that the two men’s relationship was:
‘Warm, friendly and candid.’
Duterte has sanction the murder of close to 4,000 in the year since his war on drugs began.
As the two men began their discussion, they permitted reporters into the room. Reuters wrote that Duterte said:
‘We are your ally. We are an important ally.’
Then, 45 responded, according to Reuters:
‘We’ve had a great relationship. This has been very successful. And the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian
Nations) conference has been handled beautifully by the president in the Philippines.’
Sunday, Duterte told the Asian leaders, the New York Times reported:
‘Today, China is the No. 1 economic powerhouse, and we have to be friends. (While) the other hotheads” (want confrontation), the South China Sea is better left untouched. Nobody can afford to go to war.’
The Philippines president added that includes Britain, China, Russia, and the United States.
Then, the smaller nation’s president told the press, according to The New York Times:
‘You are the spies.’
Trump got a good laugh out of that comment, as Philippine security moved roughly into the group of reporters. After that, security led the reporters from the meeting room.
Duterte sang a popular love song “Ikkaw” (You) during a spectacular dinner for all of the summit leaders, on “the orders” of Trump.
Then, Duterte commented, the ABS-CBN news channel reported:
‘Ladies and gentlemen, I sang uninvited, upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States.’
One verse began:
‘You are the light in my world, a half of this heart of mine.’
Although, the Philippines president blatantly wooed Donald Trump, he has truly stronger ties with China and Russia.
Human rights groups have been urging the U.S. president to get tough with Duterte. They point to the Philippines president’s callous war on drugs.
Of course, Duterte, as all foreign leaders have come to understand, knows that Trump is easily won over with pomp and circumstance in his honor.
Certainly, President Barack Obama and Duterte did not have a good relationship. Trump’s predecessor had no difficulty condemning the massacre of alleged drug users and dealers in the Asian nation.
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