It’s not just China and Taiwan where Donald Trump is breaking from all normal and consistent American foreign policy standards!
The President-elect on Friday had a “very engaging, animated” conversation with the leader of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte, by phone, according to reports.
Trump and Duterte are sometimes seen as very similar in their styles, respective rises to power, and their controversial statements, so the seven minute phone call between the two must have been interesting, to say the least.
Duterte has come under fire for many things, including calling President Barack Obama the “son of a whore” (what?!), but it’s the leader’s stance on the drug wars that is most shocking, at least in regards to The Donald.
Duterte has been a strong advocate of extrajudicial killings in an effort to fight drugs in his country, after launching an unprecedented campaign this year that went so far as to call on the police and even civilians to kill drug users as well as drug suspects.
The leader has also pledged to himself kill thousands of drug suspects in custody, lest the Philippines turn into a drug haven — and all of this disturbing violence has caused international condemnation, including from President Obama himself.
And then there’s Trump, who apparently told Duterte in their phone call that he is conducting his country’s deadly drug witch hunt “the right way.”
According to a video released by Duterte on Saturday, The Donald had much to say in their phone call:
“[Trump] was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs. And he wishes me well… in my campaign and he said that… we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way. He was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem.”
Duterte is a man who has vowed that he’d be “happy to slaughter” as many as three million drug addicts, and even himself likened his anti-drug campaign in the Philippines to that of Adolf Hitler‘s Holocaust during World War II.
And for Trump, of course, this man is going about things “the right way.” What the what?!?!
Trump’s America — and the ideals is apparently espouses — is becoming more and more horrifying by the day.
[Image via CBS.]