Trump And Duterte Involved In "Friendly" Talks

Trump And Duterte Involved In

Trump And Duterte Involved In "Friendly" Talks

Since taking office almost a year ago, Duterte has overseen a campaign of extrajudicial executions of suspected drug addicts and drug dealers that has claimed more than 7,000 lives.

Countries such as China and Japan, which has also grown closer to the Philippines under Duterte, are less likely to criticize the campaign, which is estimated to have killed 5,000 to 6,000 people. It would be wrong to assume Trump isn't raising human rights "because we don't put out statements chastising leaders at every call", Spicer said. Obama condemned the assassinations and canceled a planned one-on-one meeting that was to have taken place in Laos.

Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged Trump to rescind the invitation in light of Duterte's "flagrant disregard for human life and due process". "In fact, it's worth considering whether Duterte would actually fit the profile of a "criminal alien" of the sort that Trump has been fear mongering about and the Department of Homeland Security has been busily working up regulations to bar from the country".

The compliment to the Philippines leader came from the White House on Saturday after Trump and Duterte spoke by phone.

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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.

"Although regrettably the United States has not always walked the walk, supporting human rights at home and overseas, it has always robustly talked the talk on this". The cold reality of the modern world and the demands of diplomacy can make it hard to maintain a consistent moral position. It won't work to help solve the North Korea problem and meanwhile gives up too much US leadership and power for too little. Similar concerns affect the USA relationship with Russian Federation. And he recently congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the passage of a referendum that will greatly concentrate Erdogan's already-significant powers. Yet the USA, for the sake of world stability and our national interests overseas, maintains relations with all those nations' leaders.

MCEVERS: Chito Gascon, chair of the Philippines Human Rights Commission, thank you very much. For his part, Duterte has threatened to eliminate the us military presence on his island nation, separated in part from China by only South China Sea.

To talk more about this, we're joined now by NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who's at the White House.

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"He stressed that Trump's invitation for Duterte to visit the White House was a sign of "openness and understanding" between them".

But critics said Trump had gone a step too far with an invitation that was tantamount to an endorsement of Duterte's bloody approach to law and order. Whether that ever happened is unknown, but it certainly should have.

From the moment he entered office, he has proceeded to have countless Filipino citizens murdered under the guise of an anti-drug campaign. That Trump is willing to embrace him is worrisome.

"President Trump weakens American values when he fails to stand up for human rights", Senator Chris Coons of DE, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement Monday.

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Malacañang on Tuesday dismissed criticisms of the White House invite.

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