Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has claimed that US President-elect Donald Trump is supporting his war on illegal drugs and that he could “sense a good rapport” with Trump, the Philippine Inquirer Online reported on Saturday.
Duterte had an “engaging” phone conversation with Trump on Friday night.
“The President-elect Trump wishes to extend his warmest regards to the Filipino people. And in just a few minutes, we were talking a lot of things. He was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs,” Duterte told reporters about their conversation.
“I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump. And he was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem,” he said.
“He understood the way we are handling it and I said that there’s nothing wrong in protecting a country. It was a bit very encouraging in the sense that I supposed that what he really wanted to say was that we would be the last to interfere in the affairs of your own country,” added Duterte.
President Duterte said Trump would be a good president for the US. He added that Trump invited him to visit White House in 2017.
In return, Duterte also invited Trump to attend the 2017 Asean Summit in the Philippines.
“And I mentioned to him about the Asean Summit next year and he said that he would try his best to be here. He wants to attend the summit and that would be great for our country,” said Duterte.