Rodrigo Duterte
In the News: President Trump spoke to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last Saturday and invited him to visit the White House. The two leaders had a “very friendly conversation” about the situation in North Korea and Philippine drug policies. Duterte is has been conducting a deadly war on alleged drug users and has boasted about personally killing people. Photo credit: PCOO EDP / Wikimedia

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