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Given his abysmal human rights record, if Rodrigo Duterte was not Philippines' president would the U.S. let him in?

Given his abysmal human rights record, if Rodrigo Duterte was not Philippines' president would the U.S. let him in?

He’s admitted to personally killing people while he was a mayor, acknowledged that he supports death squads and boasted of his authoritarian leadership style. But that hasn’t prevented Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte from being invited to the White House.

Administration officials have defended the invitation President Trump extended last week, saying it will help repair relations between the U.S. and the Philippines — which reached a veritable low during the Obama administration — and build Asian support for countering an increasingly recalcitrant North Korea.

Duterte has been quoted as saying he may be too busy to show up in D.C.. But that hasn’t tamed the barrage...

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