Najib Razak

Trump praises his 'great relationship' with Philippines' Duterte, ignores questions about human rights

Trump praises his 'great relationship' with Philippines' Duterte, ignores questions about human rights

After 11 days of honor guards, dancing children, palace banquets, deference from Asian leaders and an audience with an emperor, President Trump on Monday seemed determined not to spoil the pomp and ceremony with a sticky dispute over human rights.

So as he met in Manila with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a leader accused of overseeing a broad crackdown on suspected drug dealers that has left thousands of people dead without charges or trials, Trump ignored reporters’ questions about human rights and instead focused on the hospitality.

“We've had a great relationship,” Trump said as he and Duterte briefly met with reporters. Duterte, host of this year’s summit of the...

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