This is rare, a praise of Trump and a huge “I’m sorry” to Obama. How does the media handle this one, I wonder?
FROM NEWSWEEK: Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte apologized to Barack Obama over the weekend for calling him a “son of a whore” in 2016, and praised President Donald Trump for being a “good friend.”
During his speech in Israel on Sunday, Duterte, 73, said the U.S.-Philippine relationship had blossomed under his “good friend” Trump’s presidency, before apologizing to Obama for insulting him a few years ago, reported Agence France-Presse.
“[Trump] speaks my language,” Duterte said. “It would be appropriate also to say at this time to Mr. Obama that you are now a civilian and I am sorry for uttering those words. If it is [in] your heart to forgive, you forgive. I have forgiven you, just like my girlfriends when I was still a bachelo…I have forgiven them also.”
Duterte issued his severe insult to former President Obama after the U.S. criticized Duterte’s violent drug crackdown. “Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum,” Duterte said. The remark resulted in Obama canceling their meeting during a Laos summit two years ago.