Press Release  | 12/06/2016

Trump Praises Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte On His Deadly War On Drugs

Philippine Death Squads Have Killed Thousands of People Suspected of Using or Selling Drugs Since June

On Saturday, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump held a telephone call with the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. According to Duterte, Trump praised Duterte’s deadly war on drugs and invited him to visit the White House. Upon assuming the presidency in June, Duterte made a public call for police and citizens alike to execute people who use or sell drugs, which has resulted in the murder of over 5,000 people suspected of being involved with drugs.

After the phone call, Duterte said that Trump “was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs.” Trump apparently wished Duterte well in his anti-drug campaign and said that the Philippines was “doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way.”

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