Damn…Used to be visiting the White House was an honor…Now even mass murderers don’t want to be associated with the Chump.
It would sully their reputations.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte reacted with his trademark candor to a U.S. lawmaker who promised to lead a protest against the firebrand leader should he visit the White House.
Duterte vowed he will never visit “lousy” America in his remaining time as president, or even afterward.
“I’ve seen America and it’s lousy…it would be good for the U.S. Congress to start with their own investigation of their own violations, of the so many civilians killed in the prosecution of the wars in the Middle East,” he said, according to Reuters.
Then, Duterte threatened to conduct the investigation himself: “Otherwise I will be forced to investigate you also. I will start with your past sins.”
His comments followed Massachusetts Representative James McGovern’s condemnation of the Filipino president’s so-called war of drugs, in which thousands of alleged drug dealers died in summary killings perpetrated by the authorities, and called for an independent investigation.
“I certainly believe very strongly that a man with the human rights record of Mr. Duterte should not be invited to the White House. If he comes, I will lead the protest,” McGovern said on Thursday at a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, which he co-chairs.
McGovern was referring to an invitation President Donald Trump offered to his counterpart during a friendly phone call in April.
Trump congratulated Duterte for his “unbelievable job on the drug problem,” according to transcripts of the phone call published by the Intercept in collaboration with Rappler. In parting with Duterte, the U.S. president promised to visit the Philippines in November.
At the time of the phone call, the White House had given no indication of a date for the visit, and the Filipino leader had not publicly accepted—and he has now strongly declined.