Duterte calls US ‘lousy country’ and says he will never visit

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July 21, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Vesti– translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, stated his unwillingness to go to the US, which he called a “lousy country”.

Duterte is upset at the words of US Congressman James McGovern, who said on July 18 that he will protest the visit of the Philippine leader to the United States at the invitation of Donald Trump.

McGovern spoke at a meeting of the US House of Representatives Commission on Human Rights. The Commission met to discuss the ongoing Philippines war on the drug mafia, which is accompanied by mass casualties among civilians.

According to some estimates, about six thousand people have died. Human rights activists say that many of the victims were victims of executions by the authorities, which the Philippines categorically deny.

“I will never go to the US either during my presidency, or after,” Duterte told journalists on July 21. “I saw America, and it’s a lousy country. Why won’t the US Congress investigate human rights violations during the killing of civilians in the wars in the Middle East – looks like I’ll have to investigate it myself. “

Many in the United States criticized Donald Trump for having invited Duterte to the US during a telephone conversation between the two presidents in April. Specific terms of the visit, however, were not determined. In addition, during the conversation, Trump praised Duterte for his efforts to combat the drug mafia, saying that he is doing “an excellent job.”

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