Did Trump Praise Duterte For His Human Rights Violating Policies?

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Donald Trump in 2011

According to a leaked transcript of a phone conversation between Trump and Philippines’ controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, the president congratulated Duterte for his successful war on drugs.

Trump Congratulates Duterte For the ‘Great Job’ He Has Done

The call occurred Apr. 29, but it was transcribed on May 2, and Washington Post published a copy of the transcript this week (click on the link above to read the transcript). The call was mainly about North Korea, but Trump couldn’t help but praise the dictator for his bloody war on drugs in which more than 7,000 were killed.

Many countries have the problem, we have the problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that,

Trump told the Philippine leader.

After Duterte had described his country’s drug problem as the “scourge of my nation,” Trump criticized Barack Obama for disagreeing with Duterte’s methods to fix the problem. Obama, whom Duterte once called a “son of a b**ch” and threatened in many ways, urged repeatedly the Asian leader to stop the execution-style killings of drug lords and drug dealers by the country’s law enforcement.

In the recent phone call, Trump patted Duterte on the back, saying that unlike Obama, he “fully understands” the reasoning behind his mass-murders – the preservation of the Filipino nation.

Duterte’s Mass Killings

Since taking power, Duterte has encouraged extrajudicial killings of his own people accused of either dealing drugs or using them. At one point, he likened his bloody war on drugs to the Holocaust, a remark he later apologized for.

Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts [in the Philippines] … I’d be happy to slaughter them,

he told reporters last fall.

In a separate interview, he admitted that he personally hunted down and possibly killed drug dealers during his tenure as mayor of the Davao City.
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