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Duterte: Trump says Philippines tackling drug problem 'the right way'

Duterte: Trump says Philippines tackling drug problem 'the right way'

Duterte said in a video that Mr. Trump was "quite sensitive" to the nation's controversial drug crackdown, which has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings since June, when Duterte first took office.

He said that Trump understood the way they are handling it (the drug issue) and said that there's nothing wrong in protecting a country.

During the USA election campaign, Mr Trump said Mr Duterte's comments about the United States and President Barack Obama showed "a lack of respect for our country". The action was believed to have killed around 5,000 Filipinos and a few foreigners suspected to be involved in the illegal narcotics trade in the Asian country. "And I said that, well, we assured him of our ties with America".

According to a Reuters report published on December 2 (morning of December 3 in Manila), Mr. Trump also spoke via phone on that day with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

Joint military exercises look set to be scaled back next year, as Duterte demanded, including the number of U.S. troops involved.

Duterte was angered by Obama's human rights concerns arising from his brutal war on drugs, that has left more than 3,000 people dead.

Christopher "Bong" Go, PH Executive Assistant, posted a photo of Pres. Duterte while talking to US Pres. Trump on his Facebook.

Despite that, however, Duterte greeted Trump's election with approbation, saying, "Long live, Mr. Trump!"

At the time, the Philippine President said, "Who does he think he is?" Trump also blamed Obama for not getting to know other leaders.

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Earlier this year, Duterte rejected United States' criticism of the nature of the campaign and had reportedly called the United States President Barack Obama a "son of a whore".

Phillipines President Rodrigo Duterte.

Joint military exercises look set to be scaled back next year, as Duterte demanded, including the number of US troops involved.

But Duterte was pleased over the exchange with Trump. "He has not meddled in the human rights", Duterte said of Trump on another occasion.

Duterte, who took office in June, has been antagonistic to the USA, his country's treaty ally, while reaching out to China and Russian Federation. "He wants to attend the Summit and that would be great for our country", the President reported. "Just as President Duterte campaigned for real change", Sen.

Obama canceled what could have been their first formal meeting in an Asian summit in Laos in September after Duterte unleashed an expletive-laden warning for the USA leader not to lecture him on human rights.

"He's not invested in a policy of the past", the source said of Trump.

Obama and Duterte were supposed to meet for talks in Laos in September.


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