- President shared tidbits of his talks with US president-elect
- He said Trump complimented him on drug campaign, told him to continue
- He also said Trump invited him for coffee in US, wants to get his advice
MANILA, Philippines – Is this the start of a beautiful friendship between President Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump?
Sharing snippets of his phone call conversation with the US president-elect, Duterte said Trump complimented him for his ongoing campaign against drugs and told him to stick with it.
“Here comes Trump, we had a talk. He said: ‘Mister President, good evening, oh President Duterte. We should fix our bad relations. We should set something good here. You’re doing great,’” the Philippine Star quoted Duterte recalling his talk with Trump. “I know you worry about the Americans criticizing you. You’re doing good. Go ahead.”
According to Duterte, Trump understood well enough not to interfere in the internal affairs of another country unlike his predecessor outgoing President Barack Obama.
“He understood the way we are handling it and I said that there’s nothing wrong in protecting a country. It was a bit very encouraging in the sense that I supposed that what he really wanted to say was that we would be the last to interfere in the affairs of your own country,” he said.
Saying that he considers Trump a friend, Duterte revealed that the latter also invited him for coffee if he ever goes to the US so he could share advice on how to deal with America’s own drug problems.
“When you come to Washington D.C. or New York City, look me up and we’ll have coffee. Maybe you can give a suggestion or two about how to solve this certain son of a (expletive),” he said.
“So now, if you listen to Trump talk to me, I have become like a saint,” Duterte added.