President Trump slams Obama on US-Philippine relations

President Trump on Tuesday talked about improved relations between the U.S. and the Philippines while slamming the Obama administration for its dealings with the Asian nation. 

“As you know, we were having a lot of problems with the Philippines,” Trump told reporters in Manila. “The relationship with the past administration was horrible, to use a nice word. I would say ‘horrible’ is putting it mildly.” 

“You know what happened. Many of you were there, and you never got to land,” he continued. “The plane came close but it didn’t land.”

While he didn’t provide specifics on the point of reference for that comment, it appears to be linked to President Obama’s September 2016 trip to Laos, where he was scheduled to speak with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. 

If that is the case, Trump was incorrect in the assertion, as the plane did, indeed, touch down. 

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Duterte was born on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines.

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Duterte became the mayor of Davao City in 1988, where he earned the nickname “The Punisher.” He served as mayor for 20 years, non-consecutively.

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Duterte comes from a family of politicians. His father, Vicente Duterte, was the governor of unified Davao and a member of President Ferdinand Marcos' cabinet. His daughter, Sara Duterte, is currently the mayor of Davao City.

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Rodrigo Duterte was elected the 16th president of the Philippines in May 2016.

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Duterte once compared himself to Adolf Hitler, saying he would kill millions of drug addicts.

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Duterte has led a violent anti-drug crackdown, and more than 7,000 have reportedly been killed since he has taken office. 

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Duterte called President Barack Obama a “son of a wh**e.” He made the comments after Obama brought up concerns about human rights violations in 2016. Duterte later apologized for the comment.

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Weeks before being sworn in as president, Duterte fueled an already hostile environment for journalists when he said, "Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a b****." 

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In 2015, Duterte vowed to execute 100,000 criminals and dump their bodies into Manila Bay. 

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Duterte cursed Pope Francis over traffic that was generated by his visit. 

"We were affected by the traffic," Duterte said. "It took us five hours. I asked why, they said it was closed. I asked who is coming. They answered, the Pope. I wanted to call him: 'Pope, son of a wh**e, go home. Do not visit us again'."

He later apologized. 

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Duterte came under fire in April 2016 after he made a joke about a missionary who was gang raped and murdered during a prison riot in 1989. “But she was so beautiful,” Duterte said. “I thought the mayor should have been first.” 

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A witness testified in Sept. 2016, claiming he was a member of Duterte's alleged "Davao Death Squad," and that the Filipino president gave orders to kill drug dealers, drug users and others who may violate the law. 

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In December of 2016, Duterte said President Donald Trump endorses his violent and deadly campaign against drugs after a brief phone call. 

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Congressman Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against Duterte in March 2017, claiming he is guilty of crimes against humanity and murder.

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The Hill reports that Obama canceled the meeting after Duterte called him the equivalent of a “son of a b****.”

That comment followed the then-U.S. president’s criticism of Duterte’s anti-narcotics campaign, which has claimed thousands of lives. 

Bloomberg notes that while White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump did broach that topic, “Duterte’s spokesman disputed that account, adding that Trump ‘appeared sympathetic’ when the Philippine president explained about the country’s drug problems.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump walks past Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after posing for a family photo during the ASEAN-US 40th Anniversary commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Manan Vatsyayana/Pool
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, U.S. President Donald Trump, Philippine's President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pose for a family photo during the ASEAN-US 40th Anniversary commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Manan Vatsyayana/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte as they participate in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte alongside the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald J. Trump (L) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila, Philippines,13 November 2017. REUTERS/Mark R. Cristino/Pool
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) talks to US President Donald J. Trump (R) before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila, Philippines,13 November 2017. REUTERS/Mark R. Cristino/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during the gala dinner marking ASEAN's 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
TOPSHOT - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017. World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald J. Trump (L) talks to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / Mark R. CRISTINO (Photo credit should read MARK R. CRISTINO/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attned their bilateral meeting on the sideline of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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