Dictators Stick Together: Trump Laughs as Duterte Calls Reporters ‘Spies’
The other day Trump said Putin is offended by the accusations he rigged the election for Trump. He seems to believe Putin while he doesn’t believe the women accusing Roy Moore of sexual assault when they were minors.
With Duterte as well it was a lovefest. Duterte literally song a hymn to Herr Trump: You are the light of my life. Yes-it got that serious. Maybe these two lovebird dictators need to talk somewhere more privately.
Trump went to the Philippines and kowtowed to a man accused of murdering accused drug users by the thousands. When reporters dared to ask whether @POTUS would bring up human rights violations, Duterte cursed them, saying “You are the spies.” Trump laughed. https://t.co/BEwhx236nv
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 13, 2017
Why would Trump bring that up after Duterte sung to him? That’s the Manchurian President’s MO-if you suck up to him you can get away with anything.
The NYTimes with more:
“President Trump said on Monday that he had a “great relationship” with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, making little mention of human rights at his first face-to-face meeting with an authoritarian leader accused of carrying out a campaign of extrajudicial killings in his nation’s war on drugs.”
“In a stark break from past practice by American presidents, who have pressed foreign leaders publicly and privately about allegations of human rights abuses, Mr. Trump instead pursued his own transactional style of diplomacy, dwelling mostly on areas of common ground during his meeting with Mr. Duterte. On the sideline of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit meeting, Mr. Trump focused on combating the Islamic State and illegal drugs as well as on trade issues, the White House said.”
“Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary.
But Mr. Duterte’s spokesman denied that the subject of rights was ever broached, even as the Philippine president spoke about the “drug menace” in his country.
Mr. Trump “appeared sympathetic and did not have any official position on the matter and was merely nodding his head, indicating that he understood the domestic problem that we faced on drugs,” said Harry Roque, Mr. Duterte’s spokesman. “The issue of human rights did not arise; it was not brought up.”
It’s interesting that the only world leaders he seems to get along with are dictators like Duerte, Erdogan, Assad, and Putin. He wouldn’t even shake Angela Merkel’s hand.
“The two presidents declined to answer questions during brief remarks to reporters at the start of the meeting. As they sat side by side, Mr. Trump and Mr. Duterte projected a friendly dynamic, ribbing members of the news media as they prepared to speak privately.”
“We’ve had a great relationship,” Mr. Trump said, heaping praise on Mr. Duterte’s stewardship of the summit, including an elaborate gala dinner on Sunday where they were seen chatting animatedly and a set of cultural performances on Monday. “This has been very successful.”
“As journalists shouted questions about whether Mr. Trump would press Mr. Duterte on human rights, the Philippine president quickly silenced them.”
“Whoa, whoa — this is not the press statement,” Mr. Duterte said. “We are in a bilateral meeting.”
“You are the spies,” he told the reporters, as Philippine security personnel jostled some of them roughly. The remarks elicited a hearty laugh from Mr. Trump before the journalists were led out of the room.
Trump no doubt envies Duterte. He wishes he could get away with that here.
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