When advance word came out that President Barack Obama planned to criticize Duterte in a one-on-one meeting, he called the president a "son of a bitch", and the encounter was canceled.
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte (center) returns a salute from a Chinese naval officer (left), as Philippine defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana (right) looks on during Duterte's arrival to visit the guided missile frigate Changchun berthed at the Davao worldwide port on May 1, 2017. "And so that set aside, I think the president recognizes the threat that he posed and is doing everything he can to isolate that threat and to make sure we bring stability to the region".
Asked if the rare Chinese naval visits were a sign that Duterte was backing away from Washington, Department of National Defense spokesman Arsenio Andolong said: "We are not veering away from the USA but rather we are expanding our relations with our fellow nations in the global community".
While President Trump marked his first one hundred days in office this Saturday, Amnesty International pointed to a different kind of milestone in Duterte's first one hundred days in office: more than 3,000 killings in his war on drugs.
Kine claimed that with the invitation, Trump would be acting the interests of human rights since a complaint against Duterte has been filed at the International Criminal Court in which the Philippines leader is accused of mass murder.
The North Korea crisis was also raised.
When asked during the White House brief about Duterte, Press Secretary Spicer indicated that Trump was aware of Duterte's checkered history."The President gets fully briefed on the leaders that he's speaking to, obviously", Spicer said.More news: Three Years After Their Kidnapping, These Chibok Schoolgirls Are Coming Home
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Duterte said Monday he could not "make any definite promise" about the trip due to his schedule.
In a statement, Bolivar said Duterte shared Philippines' stand on tensions in the Korean Peninsula, emphasizing China's important role in promoting peace in the area.
In an impromptu speech delivered before the health professionals in Davao City, Duterte revealed that Trump had requested him to contact Xi and relay to him the concerns of the Southeast Asian bloc and the United States over North Korea's missile launch.
"Our greatest chance there of getting some dialogue with America and North Korea would be through the intercession of China", he added.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement Monday that Trump's invitation to Duterte "weakens American values".
A month later, Duterte drew condemnation from Jewish leaders around the world for his latest threat against drug dealers and addicts by suggesting to take similar measures used by Hitler in the Holocaust.
"Things have changed, there is a new leadership".