Barack Obama, News, Philippines, Politics, President -

POTUS cancels meeting with Philippines president after being called ‘son of a b**ch’

Barack Obama, News, Philippines, Politics, President -

POTUS cancels meeting with Philippines president after being called ‘son of a b**ch’

President Barack Obama canceled a meeting with the president of the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte called Obama a “son of a b***h.”

The comment came after the White House said Obama would be asking Duterte about extrajudicial killings in the handling of drug dealers.

“Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people,” Duterte said in a speech Monday. “Son of a b***h, I will swear at you.”

–Philippines president slams US for ‘killing black people’

The meeting was then called off, which prompted a statement of apology from the Philippines government. “President Duterte explained that the press reports that President Obama would ‘lecture’ him on extrajudicial killings led to his strong comments, which, in turn, elicited concern,” the statement read in part.

Duterte also issued his own statement of apology, saying, “While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the U.S. president.”

“Our primary intention is to chart an independent foreign policy while promoting closer ties with all nations, especially the U.S. with which we have had a long-standing partnership,” said Duterte.

–FHM Philippines magazine apologizes over ‘racist’ cover

According to NPR, President Duterte has insulted other world leaders with the phrase “son of b***h” in his native language of Tagalog, including Pope Francis, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.S. ambassador in Manila.

Prior to the cancellation of the meeting, President Obama appeared calm and cool in response to Duterte’s recent criticisms.

“He’s a colorful guy,” Obama joked. “I always want to make sure if I’m having a meeting that it’s actually productive.”

–President Obama to hold meetings on Ferguson

 

The post POTUS cancels meeting with Philippines president after being called ‘son of a b**ch’ appeared first on theGrio.


Leave a comment

Related Posts

It’s an Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl rematch: Alcorn State vs. N.C. A&T Braves win SWAC title and and now bring their high-powered offense to bowl game
Well, it’s all set. The matchup for the Dec. 15 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta is actually a rematch: ...
Read More
HBO’s ‘Say Her Name’ has few answers about what happened to Sandra Bland But new documentary gives her a voice, even in death
The mother of Sandra Bland, the Illinois woman who committed suicide in a Texas jail after being hauled there for bac...
Read More
Meghan Markle ignores negative news, believes British press out to get her
Meghan Markle has developed a way of dealing with negative press: She doesn’t read it. After a tough week in the medi...
Read More
George H.W. Bush’s Willie Horton ad remains flashpoint in dog-whistle politics
What many political historians will tell you is that Donald Trump‘s brand of politics was not created in a vacuum. An...
Read More

Tags