President Donald J. Trump has invited controversial Philippine leader, Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House.
Duterte has made the “war on drugs” the hallmark of his presidency. According to various groups, more than 7,000 drug dealers have been killed in the past two years since Duterte came to power.
The leader of the Philippines remains extremely popular in his home country with recent polls showing that nearly 80% of Filipino’s approve of the President.
Duterte was angered when former President Barack Obama criticized the policies of the popular President, and Duterte responded by calling Obama a “son of a whore,” and said the former President should “go to hell.”
Obama canceled a scheduled meeting with Duterte which led to a marked downturn in U.S. – Philippines relations. The two countries have a long history of strong relations, and Trump’s move is seen as an attempt to re-establish that relationship.
Trump is on record as saying that he feels the U.S. should not interfere in the internal politics of foreign countries.