Trump inviting the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, to the White House is an affront to the human rights values of the United States, argues Elliot Hannon of Slate. He affirms that Duterte has caused the deaths of thousands, many of them innocent, in his violent crackdown on the Philippine drug trade. Hannon reports that the White House praised the Philippine leader’s actions during his war on drugs, which could have involved crimes against humanity. Trump is validating Duterte’s violence and overlooking the unjustifiable suffering of his victims, infers Hannon.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s role as a U.S. ally in countering the aggression of North Korea is currently America's priority, asserts a report by Newshub. It claims that the cooperation of the Philippines is needed to handle the North Korean security threat. Newshub quotes Duterte exclaiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “wants to end the world,” demonstrating his awareness of the menace that the country poses. Newshub suggests that Trump is justified in inviting Duterte to the White House, given that there are currently bigger stakes at play.