Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump praises Duterte for anti-drug campaign in call transcript

Trump praises Duterte for anti-drug campaign in call transcript

"Here, the words "martial law" have really negative connotations, and they remind me of what my mother told me about her life in the Marcos era", she said.

At the same time, she assured the public that rights will not be violated, saying: "Our PNP and AFP personnel understand that there is a need to be respectful sa lahat ng mga tao (to everyone) unless proven otherwise that you are a criminal or a terrorist". In a private call on April 29, Trump praised Duterte for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem" in his country, referring to Duterte's violent anti-drug campaign that led to the deaths of almost 9,000 people, many gunned down on the streets.

"In fact we don't even know where they are - they run silent", said Schwartz.

"We have a lot of firepower over there", Trump said of the Korean Peninsula, according to a transcript of the call obtained by the New York Times and verified by White House officials.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to eliminate the illegal drugs and the drug lords in Philippines. But human rights groups have expressed fears that martial law powers could further embolden Duterte, whom they have accused of allowing extrajudicial killings of thousands of people in his crackdown on illegal drugs.

Duterte had previously made a big deal out of his trip to Russian Federation, even snubbing in a way US President Donald Trump's invitation to visit Washington, D.C., because he had committed to going to Moscow and to Israel.

Since his inauguration Trump and Duterte, who was elected last summer, have established what seems as a publicly friendly rapport. But why congratulate them on those practices? The "ill-informed" read is that he has no idea what Duterte has done in the name of containing drugs, only that he's dealt with the problem "strongly" or whatever.

Trump's outreach to Duterte has been seen as another example of the affinity the USA president has shown for some foreign leaders with shaky human rights or autocratic reputations.

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President Donald Trump told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that he was "doing an incredible job" with his brutal drug war crackdown and informed him that the USA had two submarines off the Korean peninsula, according to a recently-released transcript of the two leaders' phone call last month.

Regarding the existence of USA nuclear-armed submarines around the world, Schwartz observed that no one can know their precise location as "they run silent".

Duterte's meeting with Putin was scheduled for Thursday but was brought forward to Tuesday night due to his declaration of martial law in Mindanao. The deeper mystery is why the source who leaked the transcript would have left that detail in knowing how it might embarrass the United States.

Before his arrival in Russia, Duterte signaled his interest in buying small arms, helicopters and jets from Moscow to fight the drug war and the insurgency.

The military officials who spoke to BuzzFeed were incredulous that Trump would reveal where the nuclear subs were located. Why did he share that info and why did the leaker share that info?

During their discussion, one topic that the two leaders discussed was the situation in North Korea.

Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump for his reported comments.

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