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During their “very friendly conversation,” the administration said in a late-night statement, Mr. Trump invited Mr. Duterte, an authoritarian leader accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines, to visit him at the White House.
Now, administration officials are bracing for an avalanche of criticism from human rights groups. Two senior officials said they expected the State Department and the National Security Council, both of which were caught off guard by the invitation, to raise objections internally.
After Mr. Trump was elected, Mr. Duterte called to congratulate him. Later, the Philippine leader issued a statement saying that the president-elect had wished him well in his antidrug campaign, which has resulted in the deaths of several thousand people suspected of using or selling narcotics, as well as others who may have had no involvement with drugs.
Mr. Trump has a commercial connection to the Philippines: His name is stamped on a $150 million, 57-floor tower in Manila, a licensing deal that netted his company millions of dollars. Mr. Duterte appointed the chairman of the company developing the tower, Jose E. B. Antonio, as an envoy to Washington for trade, investment and economic affairs.
Duterte isn't a president or a leader, he's a gangster that managed to get elected. Thousands of drug users and dealers have already been murdered, along with an unknown number of innocent people.
You are the company you keep.
originally posted by: Mark08
Maybe President Trump should invite thug, violence and drug dealing glorifying, misogynistic rappers to the white house, or maybe race baiting psuedo celebtities?
originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
a reply to: underwerks
What's irrational about world leaders having a meeting? Does a meeting mean that Trump is endorsing Duterte and everything he stands for? Or is it just a meeting?
Let's be honest here, all world leaders are corrupt and have probably done heinous acts behind closed doors.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: underwerks
Trump should meet with only democratically elected nice people.
Just like Obama did.