November 18, 2017

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Human Rights Barely Registers In Meeting Between Trump, Philippines' Duterte

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President Trump shakes hand with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during the gala dinner marking ASEAN’s 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday. Athit Perawongmetha/AP hide caption

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President Trump, in Manila on the last leg of his tour of five Asian nations, only briefly touched on the question of human rights with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has waged a deadly extra-judicial war on drugs that has left thousands dead.

Duterte, who just days before had boasted of killing someone as a teenager “just over a look” and once called President Obama a “son of a whore” for criticizing his bloody crackdown on drug dealers and users, which human rights activists say has killed more than 13,000 people.

As mayor of Davao, Duterte said he personally killed suspected criminals while out cruising on his motorcycle. And, he has compared his war on drugs to the Holocaust and said he would “slaughter addicts.”

Duterte’s brash demeanor and untempered language have earned him the nickname “Trump of the East.” Trump, in turn, has praised Duterte — telling him in an April phone call that he was doing an “unbelievable

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