Undiplo­matic

Makes that “You Lie” guy look like a piker:

The Daily Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam Wan and David Naka­mura

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama called off a planned meet­ing Tues­day with new Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte af­ter Duterte called him a “son of a (fe­male dog)”

HANGZHOU, China — Af­ter be­ing called an ob­scen­ity by the pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama can­celed a meet­ing with the leader, Ro­drigo Duterte, sched­uled for Tues­day.

Duterte had threat­ened to curse out the U.S. com­man­der in chief if Obama raised the is­sue of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings by Philip­pine au­thor­i­ties in a sweep­ing crack­down on drug traf­fick­ing. Speak­ing to re­porters, Duterte, who took of­fice in June, said the Philip­pines is a “sov­er­eign state and we have long ceased to be a colony,” ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

He added that: “I do not have any master ex­cept the Filipino peo­ple, no­body but no­body. You must be re­spect­ful. Do not just throw ques­tions. ‘Pu­tang ina’ I will swear at you in that fo­rum.” That is the Ta­ga­log phrase for “son of a bitch” or “son of a whore.”

Asked to re­spond dur­ing a news con­fer­ence af­ter the Group of 20 Sum­mit in China, Obama said ear­lier Mon­day that he had been told of Duterte’s com­ments, but the U.S. pres­i­dent shrugged it off as an­other in a line of “col­or­ful state­ments” from Duterte.

“Clearly, he’s a col­or­ful guy,” Obama said. The pres­i­dent added that he had asked his staff to speak with their Philip­pine coun­ter­parts to “make sure if I’m hav­ing a meet­ing, it’s pro­duc­tive and we’re get­ting some­thing done.” Obama called the Philip­pines a close “friend and ally” of the United States.

Hours later, Ned Price, a spokesman for the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, said that the meet­ing with Duterte on Tues­day af­ter­noon had been can­celed and that Obama would in­stead meet with South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye.

More than 2,000 sus­pected drug deal­ers have been killed since Duterte took of­fice, and Obama ear­lier said he would not shy away from the topic of “in­ter­na­tional norms” when it comes to due process rights when speak­ing with Duterte.

“We rec­og­nize the sig­nif­i­cant bur­den the drug trade plays in the Philip­pines and around the world,” Obama said. But “we will al­ways as­sert the need to have due process and en­gage the fight against drugs in a way that is con­sis­tent with ba­sic in­ter­na­tional norms. Un­doubt­edly, if and when we have a meet­ing, this is go­ing to be some­thing that’s brought up. My ex­pec­ta­tion, my hope, is that it could be dealt with con­struc­tively.”

Be­fore the meet­ing was can­celed, Obama sug­gested that the talk was pred­i­cated on whether Duterte was will­ing to have a se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tion.

“I’m just go­ing to make an as­sess­ment,” Obama said at the time. A few hours later, he can­celed the meet­ing.

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