Donald Trump says he has a 'great relationship' with Philippine President

Nov 14, 2017, 11:37 IST | Agencies

Donald Trump declared yesterday he had a "great relationship" with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a self-proclaimed killer who is waging a drugs war that rights groups say involves mass murder, as the leaders joked with each other in Manila.

Donald Trump. Pic/AFP
Donald Trump. Pic/AFP

Rights groups had called on Trump to end his Asian journey with a strong statement against Duterte's drugs war, which has seen police and suspected vigilantes kill thousands of people.

But Trump and Duterte had a series of encounters Sunday night and Monday morning in which they appeared to enjoy each others' company, leading to warm praise from the US president during official talks at lunchtime. "We've had a great relationship. This has been very successful," Trump told Duterte in brief opening remarks at their meeting.

A reporter asked if Trump would raise the issue of human rights, to which neither answered. Duterte's spokesman later said the meeting lasted for more than 40 minutes, and that Trump did not raise any human rights concerns.

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