Dazzled by a Red Carpet, Trump Gives Philippine Strongman a Pass on His Killing Spree
Pres. Trump previews visit to Philippines, "where the previous administration was not exactly welcome, as you probably remember." pic.twitter.com/UBcgr0r1qq— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) October 31, 2017
On both occasions, Trump implied incorrectly that the spat had led to the Philippines cancelling a planned visit by Obama. In fact, it was Obama who cancelled a meeting with Duterte, one that was scheduled to take place at the ASEAN summit in Laos last year, after the Philippine president told reporters that he would curse the American president to his face if he dared to criticize his killing spree. For his part, Trump gushed to reporters that his visit to the Philippines was a personal triumph, pointing to the warm welcome from Duterte as proof that he had single-handedly restored American prestige in the region. Still basking in the glow of his reception at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gala dinner in Manila on Sunday, where he wore a Filipino barong Tagalog shirt and was greeted on a red carpet by Duterte, with whom he later shared a toast, Trump told the traveling press that the welcome was “red-carpet like I think probably nobody has ever received.”
For 2nd straight day Trump brags about being buddy-buddy with Duterte, who's murdering his own people under guise of a war on drugs pic.twitter.com/p0UjN0aOPZ — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 1, 2017
President Trump is greeted by President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at an #ASEAN 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration. #POTUSinAsia pic.twitter.com/Xf1jOyituk — Department of State (@StateDept) November 12, 2017
Such an elaborate greeting showed, Trump said, “a sense of respect, perhaps for me a little bit, but really for our country, and I’m very proud of that.” Trump neglected to mention that every other world leader who attended the summit received the exact same red-carpet welcome from the Philippine president.
WATCH: The toast shared by the two Presidents during the Gala dinner: President Duterte and US President @realDonaldTrump @manilabulletin pic.twitter.com/x6TB6jc5Eh — Argyll Cyrus (@argyllcyrus_MB) November 12, 2017
Perhaps more importantly, Trump seemed unaware of the fact that he had been welcomed in precisely the same style as Obama and every other recent American president. Every detail of his welcome — the traditional shirt, the red carpet, the toast from the Philippine president — was identical to that offered to Obama by Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino, just two years ago at the same Manila convention center. complained for decades that American presidents are not sufficiently respected by U.S. allies in Asia, Trump was treated to a completely standard welcome by one nation, and somehow came away believing that such treatment was offered only to him. It is worth noting that all three presidents were also the focus of angry protests in which they were burned in effigy by Filipinos opposed to the ongoing presence of the American military in its former colony. Although, for sheer inventiveness, it has to be said that the flaming effigy of Trump as a four-armed human swastika, was exceptional.
LOOK: President Duterte and partner Honeylet Avanceña welcome Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev to the ASEAN gala dinner @ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/GlcFywsoIr — Dharel Placido (@dgplacido) November 12, 2017
In addition to their shared, racially tinged loathing of Obama — just last week, the Philippine leader called the former American president “so black and arrogant” — Trump and Duterte also bonded over their inability to deal with tough questions from reporters. Trump was reportedly pleased when Duterte called American reporters “spies” for wanting to know if the two leaders would discuss human rights in their meeting.
Militants burn effigy of US Pres. Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/Yxex3FoYT2— Doris Bigornia (@DorisBigornia) November 13, 2017
Trump laughed as Duterte shut down questions. "You are the spies," Duterte said, referring to press. "Hah, hah, hah," Trump said laughing. "You are," Duterte repeated. (per WH pool) https://t.co/K4M2JsQCzw — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 13, 2017
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177 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 1986, making it among the deadliest countries to be a journalist. Hah, hah, hah. https://t.co/nsBiwkRVxD — Megha Rajagopalan (@meghara) November 13, 2017
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