The Hill reports:
President Trump on Monday praised his “great relationship” with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after the two leaders met in Manila as part of Trump’s five-nation tour of Asia.
“But we’ve had a great relationship. This has been very successful. We have many meetings today with many other leaders,” Trump said during joint remarks with Duterte. “And the ASEAN conference has been handled beautifully by the President in the Philippines and your representatives.”
Duterte at the gala on Sunday evening said he performed a duet at the behest of Trump. Trump has been under pressure to discuss human rights during his trip to the Philippines, where Duterte faces human rights abuse allegations related to his crackdown on drugs.
Trump laughs as Duterte shuts down questions.
You are the spies,” Duterte says, referring to press.
“Hah, hah, hah,” Trump laughs.
“You are,” Duterte repeateds, per WH pool.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) November 13, 2017
RELATED: In September, Duterte vowed to kill his son himself if drug trafficking allegations are proven true. Also in September, Duterte called the head of the Commission on Human Rights a “gay pedophile” for objecting to police killings of teenagers. In August, Duterte ordered police to shoot any “idiots” who resist arrest. In May 2017, Duterte imposed martial law and “joked” that soldiers are now allowed to rape up to three women. Duterte has bragged of “personally” murdering suspected criminals and has compared himself favorably to Adolf Hitler, saying that he would happily execute millions of drug users. Trump has praised Duterte’s “unbelievable job” in giving police and vigilante squads free rein to murder suspected drug users and dealers and invited him to visit the White House. An estimated 6000 Filipinos have been slain in the streets on Duterte’s orders.