Philip­pine leader calls Trump a fel­low curser

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

THE PHILIP­PINES’ foul­mouthed pres­i­dent has wel­comed Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion vic­tory, call­ing him a fel­low curser.

Ro­drigo Duterte, dur­ing a visit to Malaysia yes­ter­day, said, “Long live Mr. Trump! We both curse at the slight­est rea­son. We are alike.”

Duterte, who has had a dif­fi­cult re­la­tion­ship with the United States, has told Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in the past to “go to hell.” He has crit­i­cised US of­fi­cials for ex­press­ing con­cern about his bru­tal crack­down on il­le­gal drug sell­ers and users.

Philip­pine of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day that Duterte has de­cided to re­duce the num­ber of joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with the US.

MACE­DO­NIAN SUP­PORT

Mean­while, Mace­do­nia’s pres­i­dent has con­grat­u­lated Trump on his elec­tion, say­ing the small Balkan coun­try counts on US help in join­ing NATO and the 28-na­tion Euro­pean Union.

Pres­i­dent Gjorge Ivanov said in a let­ter yes­ter­day that US sup­port is of “vi­tal im­por­tance” for Mace­do­nian and other Balkan coun­tries to join the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Mace­do­nia’s bid for EU ac­ces­sion has been frozen pend­ing calls from Brus­sels for po­lice and ju­di­ciary re­forms, and for greater press free­dom. Its hopes of be­com­ing a NATO mem­ber have been blocked by neigh­bour­ing Greece, due to a fes­ter­ing dis­pute over Mace­do­nia’s name.

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