The brutal Philippine president, who has drawn international condemnation for ordering police and vigilantes to kill drug dealers on site, racking up a body count in the thousands, says he’s just talked to The Donald, and the call left him dancing on air.
It’s easy to understand why they get along. After all, it was Duterte who called Barack Obama the “son of a whore.”
From the Associated Press:
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he felt “like a saint” after his phone conversation last week with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who he said praised him for “doing great” in his deadly campaign against illegal drugs.
Duterte said in a speech Wednesday that Trump told him not to worry about Americans criticizing him, saying “you are doing good, go ahead.” He said Trump invited him for coffee if he visits the U.S. to hear how he deals with the media, his critics and the public.
Duterte quoted Trump as saying, “We should fix our bad relations.”
The friendly exchange was a departure from Duterte’s hostility toward President Barack Obama. He lashed out at Obama for raising concerns over the drug crackdown, which has left more than 4,000 suspects dead.