A coveted invitation to visit the white House has been extended by President Trump to Philippines tough guy President Rodrigo Duterte.
America’s Glorius Leader seems to enjoy meeting foreign leaders. Rody should be no exception. He called Obama a “son of a bitch.” I’m sure Trump has done the same in private. Immediately, the two men should experience a bond.
President Donald Trump invited his polarizing Philippines counterpart to the White House during a phone call in which the two leaders discussed North Korea.
Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte had a “friendly discussion” Saturday that also addressed regional security in southeast Asia and the Philippines’ drug war, the White House said in a statement.
While it did not provide details on when or if Duterte would visit the White House, it said Trump is looking forward to his Philippines trip in November.
A few hours before the phone call, Duterte had implored the United States to show restraint toward North Korea, saying the two nations are “playing with their dangerous toys.”
Before his phone call with Trump, Duterte said the world would suffer if the United States and North Korea — led by Kim Jong Un — could not defuse the situation.
“Everybody suffers, only because two nations are playing with their dangerous toys. It behooves a certain America, because it is the more responsible country. I’m sure President Trump by now must also be cautioning his military to just maybe hang on and not to start something they cannot control,” Duterte said.
Duterte urged the US to be patient and practice restraint.
“We know that we are playing with somebody who relishes in letting go his missiles. I would not want to go into his mind because I really don’t know what is inside. But he is putting Mother Earth, the planet, on the edge,” he said.
In a statement issued after the phone call, the White House said Trump invited Duterte to the White House to discuss the US-Philippines alliance “which is now heading in a very positive direction.”
“They also discussed the fact that the Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world.”
Duterte’s term has been marked with accusations of human rights violations. Since he became President last year, he has encouraged the extrajudicial killings of thousands of citizens suspected of dealing or using drugs.
He took power in June 2016 and waged an all-out “war on drugs,” which killed some 6,000 people in his first six months.
In December, he admitted to having suspected criminals killed when he was mayor of Davao City.
Duterte’s tirades have raised many eyebrows since he took office.
While on a trip to China in October, he said “America has lost,” and that he has realigned himself with China’s “ideological flow.” He later clarified his comments about relations with the United States, saying he was rather pursuing a “separation of foreign policy” from the US.
He also described Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, as a “son of a bitch,” causing the White House to cancel planned bilateral talks.
Obama had previously raised concerns about Duterte’s controversial war on drugs and his human rights record.
The world is looking for real men to become real leaders. The fun begins when Rody meets Trump and they jointly plot to kill Kim Jong Un. And maybe even Hillary Clinton?