Duterte: Supportive Trump made him feel ‘like a saint’
MANILA | Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he felt “like a saint” after his phone conversation last week with President-elect Donald Trump, who he said praised him for “doing great” in his violent and widely criticized campaign against illegal drugs.
Mr. Trump invited him for coffee if he visits Washington or New York, and said he wanted to hear how Mr. Duterte deals with the media and his critics, according to the Philippine president’s account.
“Oh President Duterte, we should fix our bad relations,” he quoted Trump as saying. “If you listen to Trump talk to me, I have become like a saint.”
In earlier comments about the phone call, Mr. Duterte said Mr. Trump hoped his drug crackdown would succeed, and said he assured the U.S. president-elect the Philippines would maintain its ties with America — a departure from Mr. Duterte’s hostility toward the Obama administration.