Duterte Refuses to RSVP White House

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Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, told reporters Monday that he could not yet accept an invitation from his American counterpart Donald Trump to the White House because he is unsure of whether he has the time to make it.

While he did not reject the invitation, either, he said he was “tied up” and could not “make any definite promise.”

“I’m supposed to go to Russia, I’m also supposed to go to Israel,” Duterte noted.

If Duterte accepts the invitation, it is unclear whether the State Department would grant him a visa to enter the United States. He has joked in the past that he refuses to even try to enter the country because “I will just be insulted there” and “they won’t give me a visa.” In October, he claimed to have once attempted to enter the United States when he was in college and was denied a visa, threatening to impose visa restrictions on U.S. citizens in revenge.

Duterte is facing a case before the International Criminal Court for allegedly using “death squads” to curb drug-fueled violence as mayor of his native Davao City, a position he held for 22 years before assuming the presidency. He has claimed to have personally participated in these death squads, wandering the city at night and shooting people dead.

President Trump invited Duterte to the White House during a telephone conversation this weekend, a move that baffled observers who have noted Duterte’s consistent anti-American rhetoric since taking office in June 2016, as well as his record of supporting extrajudicial killings vigilante justice against drug criminals.

The two world leaders reportedly engaged in a “very friendly conversation” in which Trump offered to host Duterte in the White House.

“President Trump also invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the United States-Philippines alliance, which is now heading in a very positive direction,” the White House said in a statement. The statement added that the two “discussed the fact that the Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world.”

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source: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/05/01/philippines-duterte-says-may-busy-visit-white-house/

  • jobird

    Stay out of America!

  • Robert S. Allen

    Didn’t the United States help the Phiippines win their independence from Spain with the Spanish-American War? Didn’t Japan bomb Clark Field there at the same time they ravaged Pearl Harbor, getting the United States into World War II? MacArthur DID return, after Japan took the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor at the beginning of that war.

    The Philippines and the United States have a long history of kinship shared in spilled blood together for their freedom. How grateful we and they can be for President Trump!

    • Eric Hartman

      Yeah well, the our history with the Philippines didn’t include the murderous brutal dick-tater Duterte.

    • scott

      didnt white conservative patriotic americans rescue the n-gg-rs from slavery that they started in america trying to get theres.620,000died for these coons and till this day not one thank you.but a whole lot of we owe them this and that. what makes you think philippino leeches are any different.this is why you dont feed the wild animals.https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/906fdcefdd86623a02600bcda187585ab1af15d85a5681712adea7c08c9ea850.jpg

  • Andrew Molina

    Petty is as petty does – maybe he will wait until the Chinese have control of the south china sea and then come crawling on bended knee to the USA to protect them – pigmies

  • Sandra Holstein

    Rodrigo Duterte, you really are ignorant! You’re a dictator with a highly exaggerated opinion of self.
    You have NO power compared to the USA; I know it would benefit your citizens if your dictatorship was squashed. Duterte, you are a “little” man!

  • Edmund Miles

    Duterte’ you are an Idiot! What America has done to keep your country free, and you don’t have time!!! Stop the money we are giving this country immediately, which has been millions!!! This guy has to pay for his stupidity!!