Trump Shamefully Cozies Up To Murderous Dictator As Innocent Protesters Are Brutally Savaged Outside
President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy and embarrassing Asia trip with a meeting with his favorite authoritarian, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a bloody drug war that has featured extrajudicial killings.
Trump attended the opening ceremonies of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference in Manila. The event included a group photo of the leaders and the summit’s traditional handshake. That cross-body shake, during which each leader shakes the opposite hands of those next to him, briefly baffled Trump, who then laughed as he figured out where to place his arms.
Trump’s controversial meeting with Duterte got even worse after the murderous dictator used Trump’s visit to justify violence against peaceful protesters. And Trump was content to let it happen.
According to multiple reports, Duterte ordered his police forces to carry out a brutal crackdown on anti-Trump protesters ahead of Trump’s visit to the U.S. Embassy in Manila.
Dressed in riot gear, the police used water cannons and batons to beat back the protesters before Trump’s arrival at the diplomatic compound.
Unsurprisingly, Trump hasn’t said a word about the violent crackdown, nor about the laundry list of human rights abuses that Duterte has overseen during his time in office.
The meeting had already raised eyebrows because of Duterte’s human rights atrocities. Just days ago, Duterte bragged about murdering someone and threatened to physically assault a United Nations human rights worker, but Trump wasn’t deterred.
Claiming to be cracking down on drugs, Duterte has ordered his police forces to kill thousands of people accused of drug crimes without trials.
Instead of condemning these atrocities, Trump has praised Duterte’s “unbelievable job,” and told the dictator he’s “a good man” and should “keep up the good work.”