Trump continued his tour of Asia this past weekend in the Philippines, where he met with president Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte has been in office since June 2016, and in that time, he has conducted a so-called “drug war” that, per Human Rights Watch, “has led to the deaths of over 12,000 Filipinos to date, mostly urban poor.” Thousands of those deaths can be attributed to the national police, who have been incited by Duterte himself, and are falsifying evidence to justify the killings. Which is to be expected—in his campaign, Duterte practically bragged about his record of killing “do-nothings,” and vowed to keep it going as president.
When Trump and Duterte met with the press on Sunday, it was only natural that reporters would want to ask the Philippines president about these human rights violations. But he wasn’t having it:
That’s right—in a country where 177 journalists have been killed since 1986, making it “one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism,” Trump stood by and idly laughed as the president called journalists “spies” and refused to answer their questions about human rights. Once again, the commander-in-chief has done us proud.