LOL. Trump gave liberals another scare Friday by talking to the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Trump had also talked to the president of Taiwan, a big no no (see my post earlier today by scrolling down the homepage.)
Liberals hate Duterte. Anyone that liberals hate is my friend, at least for now. Let’s hope that Trump and Duterte form a mutual admiration society and that both men succeed in cleaning up their respective countries.
US President-elect Donald Trump has praised Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte for his controversial war on drugs in which thousands have died, Duterte said on Saturday following a phone call between the leaders.
The Philippine president called Trump on Friday evening to congratulate him on his victory and Trump wished him “success” in his controversial crackdown, in which 4,800 people have been killed since June, according to Duterte.
“He was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs. And he wishes me well … in my campaign and he said that … we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way,” Duterte said in a statement.
An aide to the Philippines president earlier said Trump invited him to the White House next year during a “very engaging, animated” phone conversation.
The call lasted just over seven minutes, Duterte’s special adviser, Christopher Go, said in a text message to media that gave few details.
A statement from Trump’s team said Duterte congratulated the US president-elect and the two men “noted the long history of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, and agreed that the two governments would continue to work together closely on matters of shared interest and concern”. The statement, however, made no mention of an invitation.
Trump’s brief chat with the firebrand Philippine president follows a period of uncertainty about one of Washington’s most important Asian alliances, stoked by Duterte’s hostility towards President Barack Obama and repeated threats to sever decades-old defence ties.
In five months in office, Duterte has upended Philippine foreign policy by berating the US, making overtures towards historic rival China and pursuing a new alliance with Russia.
His diplomacy has created jitters among Asian countries wary of Beijing’s rising influence and Washington’s staying power as a regional counterbalance.
Duterte has praised China and told Obama to “go to hell” and called him a “son of a bitch” whom he would humiliate if he visited the Philippines.