(UPDATED at 2:19 p.m., Dec.3 , PH time) President Rodrigo Duterte said that US President-elect Donald Trump expressed “sensitivity” to the administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign during their phone conversation last Friday night.
“He was quite sensitive to our worry about drugs,” said Duterte.
“I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump,” he said.
Duterte called Trump on December 2 to congratulate him for being elected as the 45th President of the US.
He said that Trump told him that he understood the way the government is handling its drug problem.
“He understood the way we are handling it and I said that there’s nothing wrong in protecting a country,” said Duterte.
Duterte said that what Trump meant was US “would be the last to interfere” in the internal affairs of the Philippines.
He also wished Trump success in his campaign against illegal drugs.
“And he wishes me well to, in my campaign and he said tha…well we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way,” he said.
Durinng the phone call, Trump also invited Duterte to visit New York and Washington D.C.
Duterte said that Trump has also expressed intention to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit next year, which would be held in Manila.
Before this, Duterte has been expressing his annoyance to his critiques including US President Barack Obama for commenting on his anti-illegal drugs campaign and linking it to the extrajudicial killings in the country.
Obama, the European Union and United Nations had expressed concern over the spate of extrajudicial killings in the countries since the start of Duterte’s administration.
Most of the victims were suspected criminals, drug users and drug pushers.
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