Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Duterte may or may not accept Trump's invite to White House

"First of all, for the people who have been concerned that Trump isn't aggressive enough towards China and Russian Federation, or that Trump wasn't interested in continuing USA hegemony, a realistic policy towards the Philippines is absolutely required to further the hegemony of the United States along", he added. Additionally, a case against the Philippine president (and other officials) was recently filed at the International Criminal Court.

He's also threatened to kill Filipino journalists, bragged about personally executing people and has spoken about his willingness to commit rape.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Duterte has not said "yes" to Trump's invitation but likes to accept the gesture.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about Trump's tenure vis-à-vis human rights and he really should avoid obvious blunders such as this one. Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said of the invitation: "This is not a move I would have made".

After all that drama, however, Duterte says he is busy. "He understood the way we are handling it and he said there is nothing wrong with protecting your country".

"The US apparently wants to consult allies and strategic partners in Asia to discuss an approach to the tensions over DPRK", Mr. Bolivar said, using the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Mr. Trump, who plans to visit Manila this fall for a regional summit, spoke to Duterte on Saturday, and appeared to praise the brash leader's violent crackdown on crime as he invited him to the White House.

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I just feel comfortable talking to people. "I'm going to be blunt - I don't like politics". Sellentin was unavailable for comment.

Duterte has received widespread condemnation in the West for failure to curtail the killings and address activists' allegations of systematic, state-sponsored murders by police of drug users and dealers, which the authorities reject.

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., in a statement, said Trump's invitation was "unnecessary" for addressing the North Korea threat.

Spicer also rejected the suggestion that Trump was unaware of Duterte's human rights record. "Although the traits of his personality likely make it impossible, Trump should be ashamed of himself".

He invited Duterte, who has called President Obama a "son of a whore" and Pope Francis a "son of a whore", to discuss "the importance of the the United States-Philippines alliance", according to Fox News.

The President of the Philippines had been at odds with the previous administration and had repeatedly insulted President Obama.

Duterte denies his government is committing extrajudicial killings. "I can not make any definite promise", the president said.

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