Reporters shouted questions at Trump and his pal, Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte, as they posed for photos. Duterte took the opportunity to call the media assembled “all spies.”
Duterte, “Whoa, whoa. This is not a press statement. This is the bilateral meeting.’
“We will be discussing matters that are of interest to both the Philippines and … with you around, guys, you are the spies,” Duterte said.
Trump, “Hah, hah, hah,”
Duterte replied, “You are.”
Trump refuses to confront any strongman leader to their face, and when it comes to journalists, Duerte . is one of the worst:
It’s also worth noting that the Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a journalist. Since 1992, 78 journalists have been killed in the Philippines, the third highest total in the world — behind only Iraq (186) and Syria (114), according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Trump, however, laughed along with President Duterte and went to dinner.
Trump hates much of the press, but Duterte’s comments are incredibly ominous and dangerous because of the mass murder committed in his country at his behest.