US ‘lousy’, says Duterte

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

PHILIP­PINE Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, pre­vi­ously praised and in­vited by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to come to the White House, said he won’t visit the US dur­ing or af­ter his term be­cause the coun­try is “lousy”.

Duterte’s re­marks about one of the Philip­pines’s old­est al­lies was in re­sponse to Demo­cratic con­gress­man James McGovern, who said he would protest if the Filipino leader took up Trump’s in­vi­ta­tion.

“There will never be a time that I will go to Amer­ica dur­ing my term, or even there­after. So what makes that guy think I’ll go to Amer­ica? I’ve seen Amer­ica and it’s lousy,” Duterte said. Wash­ing­ton Post

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