U.S. President Donald Trump bonded with Rodrigo Duterte over a common aversion for Barack Obama, whose evaluation of the Philippine leader’s deadly combat on pharmaceuticals last year stimulation a schism between the allies.
” The affinity appears to be very warm and very friendly ,” Duterte spokesman Harry Roque told reporters after they met in Manila on Monday.” They’ve been very candid in their treats, and it’s very apparent that both of them have a person who they consider as not their best friend. They have same egoes toward onetime U.S. President Barack Obama .”
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a question for purposes of determining whether the leaders examined Obama.
Ahead of the find, Trump said he had a” enormous relation” with Duterte and called the regional powwows in Manila ” very successful .” They both ignored shouted the issue of suspect abuses be carried forward under Duterte’s deadly battle against narcotics.
The bonhomie between the leaders stands in contrast to a year ago, when Duterte cursed out Obama for criticizing his war on doses that has left thousands dead. Duterte subsequently pivoted toward China, de-escalating frictions with Beijing over their playing South China Sea claims and prevailing $24 billion value of Chinese speculation and loans.