Monday, May 1, 2017

He Can Do Whatever He Wants - He Doesn't Need Permission

In what is becoming a recurring theme, the Trump administration’s national security and diplomatic apparatus was once again caught off guard when the POTUS extended an official invitation to President Duterte of the Philippines without telling them.


Such invitations are in clear breach of established diplomatic protocol governing state visits to the White House as established by the US State Department.


Duterte and Trump share a penchant for brash rhetoric and the projection of a strongman image, particularly when it comes to Islamist terrorism and drug policy.


“Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts [in the Philippines] ... I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte famously said in September.


Concerns regarding a possible conflict of interest have also been raised. Trump’s name is stamped on a $150 million, 57-floor tower in Manila, in a licensing deal that netted the Trump brand millions of dollars.

It has now emerged that Duterte himself appointed the chairman of the development company behind the tower, Jose E. B. Antonio, as a trade envoy to Washington.

If anything puts the Inflatable Rooster at risk from losing his job, it's his arrogance.

But here's the fun part of playing up to other assholes:
Criticism of Mr. Trump’s invitation to Mr. Duterte continued on Monday. “Countries with close bilateral ties to the Philippines, particularly the United States, have an obligation to urge accountability for the victims of Duterte’s abusive drug war, rather than offer to roll out the red carpet for official state visits with its mastermind,” said Phelim Kine, a deputy director in Human Rights Watch’s Asia division.


Duterte of the Philippines said on Monday that he might not accept President Trump’s invitation to visit the White House, because he was “tied up” with a busy schedule.

“I cannot make any definite promise,” Mr. Duterte said, adding, “I’m supposed to go to Russia, I’m also supposed to go to Israel.”

Whoa. Dare to publicly dismiss the Trump? Wouldn't want to be around the Oval Office today.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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