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Duterte declines Trump’s invitation to visit US

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has declined the invitation of United States (US) President Donald Trump to attend the US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Las Vegas in March.

Will Duterte accept invitation to visit America?

“I just received an invitation to go to the United States together with the ASEAN leaders. I haven’t been to the States. I was invited by (then-President Barack) Obama,” Duterte said in an interview with Russia Today.

Asked if he will go, the President immediately replied: “No.”

In the same interview, Duterte recalled being criticized by Obama on his brutal war on drugs, which has left thousands dead.

“He should have realized that I was also a head of sovereign state. He should have criticized me in the proper venue. He should have brought the case to the United Nations rather than castigate a President of another country in a press conference. So, I got mad. I said a lot of cuss, epithets, son of a…,” he said.

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