On Friday night, Donald Trump made a phone call to Rodrigo Duterte — the notorious Philippine president who is responsible for the mass killings of thousands, including children, thanks to his violent war on drugs. During this phone call, Trump “praised” Rodrigo for his outstanding efforts during his drug war, wished it “success,” and even extended an invitation for Duterte to come to the White House for a visit.
According to the Phillipine Inquirer:
“The President-elect Trump wishes to extend his warmest regards to the Filipino people. And in just a few minutes, we were talking [about] a lot of things. He was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs,” Duterte said of their conversation.
“I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump. And he was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem,” he said.
“He understood the way we are handling it and I said that there’s nothing wrong in protecting a country. It was a bit very encouraging in the sense that I supposed that what he really wanted to say was that we would be the last to interfere in the affairs of your own country,” he added.” (emphasis mine)
Duterte took office in the Philippines last June, and during his campaign, he promised to rid his country of illegal drugs by killing 10,000 or more drug dealers. Since his inauguration last summer, he is responsible for the deaths of almost 5,000 people, most of whom were gunned down in the streets with women and children getting caught in the crossfire.
President Obama voiced his concerns about Duterte’s tactics and invited him to meet and discuss it. Duterte became so angry about this, that he called Obama the “son of a whore.” This disrespect and unwillingness to compromise on the issue of human rights in the Philippines prompted Obama to cancel this meeting, understandably. Duterte has spent the past several months since then building a relationship with China, while publicly denouncing America.
And Trump had the unmitigated gall to invite this man to the White House? What are they going to do, play around of golf and hang out like old buddies? Unbelievable! What a slap in the face of America and especially President Obama.
Trump has taken what Obama built with his own blood, sweat and tears, and in the course of only a few weeks – he’s managed to trash it without a 2nd thought. DEPLORABLE!
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