“As you know, we were having a lot of problems with the Philippines. The relationship with the past administration was horrible, to use a nice word. I would say ‘horrible’ is putting it mildly. You know what happened. Many of you were there, and you never got to land. The plane came close but it didn’t land.”
— President Trump, remarks to reporters after East Asian Summit in Manila, Nov. 14, 2017
“We then go to the Philippines, which was a rough trip the last time. That was a rough presidential trip, but this won’t be.”
— Trump, remarks to reporters en path to Hanoi, Nov. 1
“You remember the Philippines — the last trip made by a president that turned out to be not so good. Never quite got to land.”
— Trump, remarks at a Cabinet assembly in Washington, Nov. 1
Well, this can be a thriller. Why does President Trump consider that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte refuse to let Barack Obama land his airplane in Manila? He’s mentioned it not as soon as, not twice, however thrice. On Nov. 14, he even made a sweeping movement together with his hand to point a touchdown airplane. (See video above.)
Here’s what actually occurred.
During his presidency, Obama made two journeys to the Philippines — in 2014 and 2015. He was the primary president to go to the nation in 11 years, in keeping with State Department information.
The Philippine chief on the time was Benigno S. Aquino III, and each journeys had been uneventful. Air Force One landed, and Obama engaged within the form of diplomacy one would count on with a longtime U.S. ally (and former colony).
The Washington Post print headline on the 2014 journey was: “Obama lauds Philippine partnership with U.S.” The two nations signed a brand new protection settlement and the United States touted a “Partnership for Growth,” billed as “a high-level initiative focused on economic growth in countries committed to good governance.” Obama was feted with a state dinner.
The 2015 journey was tied to an Asian Pacific summit assembly. “Obama toured a former Coast Guard frigate, now used by the Philippine navy, and announced that the U.S. military would donate two more ships to the Philippines,” The Washington Post reported. “The gesture was the latest by his administration to reassure allies that they could rely on the United States to maintain a close strategic partnership.”
Duterte turned president in June 2016.
The White House didn’t reply to a request for a proof of Trump’s remarks. But Trump seems to be referring to Obama’s determination that yr to cancel a deliberate assembly in Asia in September 2016 after Duterte mentioned he would name Obama a “son of a bitch” if Obama questioned extrajudicial killings by Philippine authorities in a sweeping crackdown on drug trafficking ordered by Duterte.
“I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody,” Duterte had informed reporters. “You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. ‘Putang ina’ I will swear at you in that forum.” That is the Tagalog phrase for “son of a bitch” or “son of a whore.”
Obama initially shrugged off the feedback, noting that Duterte was “a colorful guy” however he wished to make certain “if I’m having a meeting, it’s productive and we’re getting something done.” Apparently, he didn’t get that satisfaction, because the White House introduced Obama had changed the deliberate assembly with Duterte with one with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
At the time, greater than 2,400 individuals had been killed since Duterte took workplace, and Obama made it clear he deliberate to lift his issues. “We will always assert the need to have due process and engage the fight against drugs in a way that is consistent with basic international norms,” he mentioned. “Undoubtedly, if and when we have a meeting, this is going to be something that’s brought up.”
After the cancellation, Duterte scrambled to make amends. His workplace expressed remorse that his feedback “came across as a personal attack” on the U.S. president. Duterte’s press service then mentioned he can be seated subsequent to Obama at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gala dinner in Laos the subsequent day, however that didn’t occur.
Obama later informed reporters the 2 males has shaken arms on the Laos discussion board.
“I don’t take the kinds of comments personally,” Obama mentioned. He famous that Duterte had used the identical phrase when speaking about different world leaders, together with the pope. It appears to be “a habit, a way of speaking for him.”
The variety of individuals killed within the crackdown has now risen to greater than 7,000, in keeping with Human Rights Watch. During Trump’s current journey to the Philippines, Trump seems to have barely raised the problem, if in any respect.
The Pinocchio Test
Clearly, Trump has gotten this story fully combined up. Obama’s visits to the Philippines had been uneventful. When Duterte threatened to insult Obama, it was in one other Asian nation — and it was Obama who canceled the assembly. In any case, there was no circling Air Force One that “never got to land.”
Trump clearly earns Four Pinocchios. But the larger query is: Doesn’t the president have workers who can level out to him that he retains making a really silly mistake?
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