Trump Praises Dictator for Murdering Thousands of His Own People in Leaked Conversation
Leaked conversation Reveals Trump’s support of a murderer and dictator
Aleaked transcript reveals President Donald Trump’s strong support for a dictator who murdered his own people. It is certainly not the first time that Trump has expressed support for criminals, dictators, human rights violators and the like. But the support shown to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is truly concerning.
Last month, President Trump phoned Duterte in a conversation he described as “friendly“, and in which Trump invited the brutal dictator to visit the White House; a move that raised alarms internationally. No further details on the conversation had been released until now.
As explained by The New York Times, a transcript of the April 29 call circulated under a cover sheet labeled “confidential”, by the Americas division of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, according to a senior administration official who remained anonymous but confirmed the accuracy of the document.
At one point in their conversation, President Trump told Duterte:
“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”
Allegedly, the dictator responded by referring to drugs as “the scourge” of the country and pointing his need to do something to “preserve the Filipino nation.” To which Trump then responded:
“we had a previous president who did not understand that but I understand that.”
Duterte has been “dealing” with the drug problem by killing anyone involved in the drug trade without trial or due process. Most disturbingly, his “Death Squads” routinely murder simple drug users, with no connection to the illegal trade. They’ve also been known to kill children.
The Guardian describes these death squads as,
“volunteers who ‘roam around during day and night’ and clean up the city’s crime problems.”
Even though he campaigned with promises of law and order, for the detention of criminals and drug dealers, his policy has allowed thousands of extrajudicial killings, something that human rights activists have defined as an incitement to violence, instigation of murder, and crimes against humanity.
CNN tried to ask the White House for comments, but has received no response. According to CBS News, a Trump administration official said that although the transcript is authentic, it does not mean that Trump supports human rights violations, an issue he said Trump and Duterte frequently discuss in private; it only means Trump acknowledges the serious drug problem faced in the U.S. But as Phelim Kline of Human Rights Watch said:
“Any assertion by any world leader, including, US President Donald Trump, that Duterte is doing ‘an unbelievable job’ by cheerleading a murderous campaign that has killed more than 7,000 Filipinos is not only a gross insult to those victims and their family members, but sends a signal to Duterte and his willing executioners that their lawless killing spree can continue with a vengeance without fear of international criticism and repercussions.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Trump also made sure to give Duterte U.S. national security information during the same conversation. Why not?