Philippine-US Relations: Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to White House

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to White House?
President-elect Donald Trump inviting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year means starting a clean slate in bilateral relations.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year. The invitation means Trump wants to start with a clean slate with the leader often times called as his Asian version.

Special assistant to President Duterte, Bong Go, confirmed the invitation saying both leaders talked over the phone Friday night. Go described the leader’s conversation as “very engaging and animated” with Duterte acknowledging Trump’s positive outlook on his war on drugs.

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In a report by Rappler.com, Duterte stated Trump understood his ways on curbing the drug issue. The feisty president added that Trump wishes him well on his efforts and invites him to further discuss the matter.

“I appreciate the response that I got from president-elect Trump and I would like to wish him success. He will be a good president for the United States of America, I am very sure,” Duterte said.

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Meanwhile, Duterte also invited Trump to visit the Philippines next year when they host the ASEAN Summit. Trump responded that he would try his best to attend the summit which would be great for his nation. Both leaders branded to having such commonality which includes being frank and blunt about their statements.

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With Trump, Duterte takes a more decent approach as compared to outgoing US President Barack Obama. Duterte over the few months has lambasted Obama for meddling with the affairs of the Philippines. He even threatened to cut ties with the United States over Obama’s comments on the alleged extra-judicial killings.

The comments caught the ire of Duterte who criticized the United States as “hypocrites” in their human rights advocacies. With the new administration coming in the White House, relations between the U.S. and the Philippines could be patched.

Photo Courtesy: Presidential Communications Operations Office/Wikipedia

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