- Trump supports the Duterte administration’s war on drugs
- Duterte said Trump told him the Philippine government is doing the campaign against drugs the right way
- Duterte and Trump has a phone conversation on Friday night, December 2
President Rodrigo Duterte said United States President-elect Donald Trump supports the Philippine government’s intensified fight against illegal drugs.
Duterte and Trump had an engaging and animated phone conversation on Friday, December 2, at 10:30 p.m. (Manila time).
During their phone conversation, President Duterte congratulated Trump for his election victory, while the US President-elect wished him success in his crackdown against the illegal drug menace plaguing the country.
As per the Inquirer, Trump told President Duterte that the Philippines is doing the campaign against illegal drugs the right way.
“He was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs. And he wishes me well … in my campaign and he said that we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way,” Duterte said in a statement on Saturday, December 3.
The 71-year-old Duterte said he could sense a good rapport with the US President-elect.
“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,” he added.
Trump’s support to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs is the exact opposite of the criticisms Duterte received from President Barack Obama .