Trump makes up another freakish story about Obama

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

Obama did have a strained relationship with current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Obama never visited the Southeast Asian country while Duterte was in charge (though Obama did visit the Philippines twice before Duterte was president).

President Donald Trump is spreading fake news about Barack Obama and the Philippines.

Since Trump became US President in January, Duterte has expressed optimism he would be able to build good rapport with the American leader despite his, at times, brash rhetoric towards the US. Under Obama, the relationship between the USA and the Philippines was "horrible", Trump told the gathered press. You know what happened. "The plane came close but it didn't land".

A couple of weeks ago in the White House cabinet room, Donald Trump boasted about the "historic trip" he'd soon launch to Asia-Pacific countries.

It's true that Obama cancelled a scheduled meeting with Duterte that had been planned for September 6, 2016 at a regional summit in Laos. Trump has not challenged Duterte on the mass killings and has given no indication that he will. Chief among them is that police in the Philippines, with Duterte's apparent blessing, have killed thousands of people without due process during Duterte's drug war.

And Obama had some pretty good reasons for not meeting with Duterte.

"We will continue to stand up for human rights and the rule of law in the Philippines and everywhere else in the world, in keeping with American and worldwide values", the two lawmakers said. Within hours, Obama canceled the meeting with Duterte and met instead with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Trump left the Philippines on Tuesday afternoon after attending the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit without discussing in depth with Duterte concerns raised by the worldwide community over the Philippines' war on drugs.

Obama had visited the Philippines on several trips earlier in his presidency, and even signed an enhanced defense cooperation agreement with the country in 2014.

"As co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US Congress, we have encouraged Mr Duterte to reconsider his policies in keeping with the country's obligations under global law", they said. "Undoubtedly, if and when we have a meeting, this is going to be something that's brought up".

After their bilateral meeting on Monday, November 13, the U.S. and the Philippines said in a joint statement that the two sides "underscored that human rights and dignity of human life are essential". This morning, in another press gaggle, Trump said it again, this time with more detail. The comment suggests Air Force One was denied landing privileges in Philippines, or that Obama called off a trip while en route to the Philippines.

Obama's "plane came close but it didn't land" in the Philippines because of "horrible" USA relations with that country.

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