Duterte vows not to visit ‘lousy’ US
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will never visit the US while he is in office and adds he has “seen America and it’s lousy”.
Duterte delivered his latest verbal attack on the US after he was asked in a news conference on Friday about a threat by US congressman Jim McGovern to lead a protest if Duterte accepts President Donald Trump’s invitation to visit the White House.
Duterte asked: “What makes that guy think I’m going to America?
“There will never be a time during my administration that I’ll be going to America or thereafter … I’ve seen America and it’s lousy.”
Duterte’s spokesman said in April that Trump had invited the Philippine president in a telephone call to visit the White House.
It sparked protests from human rights activists, who asked the American leader not to welcome a leader accused of human rights violations and of condoning extrajudicial killings.
Thousands of suspects have died in an anti-drug crackdown by Duterte.
He has denied condoning extrajudicial killings, although he has repeatedly threatened drug suspects and criminals with death in public speeches.