You’re spies! Duterte makes Trump laugh at reporters’ expense
United States President Donald Trump laughed after President Rodrigo Duterte called members of the media “spies” during their bilateral meeting Monday (November 13).
Duterte made the remark as the media pool for the bilateral meeting was being escorted out of the room after Trump gave brief remarks.
Citing information from the White House media pool, Peter Alexander, a correspondent for NBC News, said Duterte told reporters: “you are spies.”
Alexander said Duterte repeated his comment after Trump laughed.
The comment, however, was not in the official transcript of Trump’s remarks that was released by Malacañang.
“We are not answering any… This is not a press… We are in a bilateral meeting. Maybe the press conference would follow,” Duterte told the media pool.
Trump laughs as Duterte shuts down questions.
You are the spies," Duterte says, referring to press.
“Hah, hah, hah," Trump laughs.
“You are," Duterte repeateds, per WH pool.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) November 13, 2017