President Trump had what he called a “very friendly” chat with the well-known murderer Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday. During this conversation, President Donald Trump invited him to the White House.
For those unfamiliar with President Duterte's work, he's an authoritarian idiot who has been accused of ordering the executions of thousands of drug suspects. This is a man who has said “I'm not a killer,” then later bragged to people that he personally killed those he suspected were drug users.
While he was mayor of Davao City he claimed to ride a big bike around the streets, looking for a chance to kill.
“I go around in Davao (on) a big bike and I would just patrol the streets and looking for trouble. I was really looking for an encounter to kill,” he said.
Amid accusations that he condoned extrajudicial killings of drug users and would encourage cops to kill people who resisted arrest, he has remained unapologetic.
“I am not a killer. I do not relish or enjoy [seeing] a Filipino sprawled there with all the blood,” Mr. Duterte said in a speech during The Outstanding Filipino Awards for 2016 in Malacañang.
“I do not want you to die, that is not my order,” he claimed. “And even if Congress would give me a carpet authority to kill everybody, I won’t have the time nor the bullets to do it.”
“I killed about three of them because there were three of them,” Duterte told reporters last year. “I don't really know how many bullets from my gun went inside their bodies. It happened. I cannot lie about it.”
Part of me thinks this whole situation is unbelievable, and part of me isn't surprised anymore.
Luckily some are calling Trump out, including former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara.
“Admin attacks crime approach of NYC — America's safest large city — then invites admitted killer, Philippine Pres Duterte, to White House,” Bharara tweeted.
Admin attacks crime approach of NYC – America's safest large city – then invites admitted killer, Philippine Pres Duterte, to White House. https://t.co/ov3QHLaxbw
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) April 30, 2017
According to the Washington Examiner:
The Trump administration's Justice Department said earlier this month that New York City is “soft on crime,” allowing a torrent of gang violence to sweep through its neighborhoods.
Trump fired Bharara in March after he failed to tender his resignation after President President Obama left office. Since then the former federal attorney for the southern district of New York has sniped at the administration via Twitter, criticizing Trump's lack of understanding of the law enforcement and crime situation in the Empire State.
Why Trump seems to have such affection for all these nightmarish dictators is beyond me.
Reports are saying that the Trump administration is bracing for a torrent of complaints and criticism from human rights groups.
Well, here's an idea: If you don't want to do with human rights groups banging down your door, maybe don't invite someone to the White House who has bragged about killing suspects in the streets like dogs.