Trump touts his ‘great re­la­tion­ship’ with Duterte

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - NEWS -

MANILA, Philip­pines – Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he has a “great re­la­tion­ship” with Philippine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, a con­tro­ver­sial leader ac­cused of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions who is over­see­ing a bloody drug war.

Trump’s com­ments came Mon­day as he pre­pared to wrap up his 12day trip to Asia by at­tend­ing an eco­nomic con­fer­ence in the Philip­pines, in­clud­ing a meet­ing with Duterte that the White House says touched only briefly on hu­man rights.

Hu­man rights groups have as­sailed Duterte for his im­ple­men­ta­tion of a war on drugs that in­cludes ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings. Duterte has bragged about per­son­ally killing peo­ple in this ef­fort.

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