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Trump should condemn Duterte's bloody war, not invite him to the White House, critics say - Washington Post

Although Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has not officially accepted President Trump's offer to visit the White House, the prospect of it quickly set off alarm bells among critics, including an international human rights group that advocates a U.N ...and more »

6 Strongmen Trump Has Praised — And The Conflicts It Presents - NPR

President Trump just seems to have a thing for strongmen. He invited the brutal Philippine leader, Rodrigo Duterte, to the White House during a "very friendly" phone call Sunday. On Tuesday, Trump has another call — this one with Russian President ...and more »

Trump Invites Rodrigo Duterte to the White House - New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday invited the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, to the White House, embracing an authoritarian leader who is accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and who crudely disparaged Mr.and more »

Trump's invitation to Duterte is a sign of the times - Washington Post

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Over the weekend, the White House announced that President ...and more »

Donald Trump's peculiar obsession with authoritarian leaders - Chicago Tribune

Are you a foreign despot who has just purged his opposition or authorized a deadly war against your nation's drug dealers? Normally, you would expect at least a mild rebuke from the leader of the free world. Depending on how egregious your violations, ...and more »

Trump keeps praising international strongmen, alarming human rights advocates - Washington Post

It's no longer just Vladimir Putin. As he settles into office, President Trump's affection for totalitarian leaders has grown beyond Russia's president to include strongmen around the globe. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi has had his opponents ...and more »

Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to the White House - CNN

(CNN) President Donald Trump invited his polarizing Philippines counterpart to the White House during a phone call in which the two leaders discussed North Korea. Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte had a "friendly discussion" Saturday that also ...and more »

Rodrigo Duterte Says He May Be Too Busy for White House Visit - New York Times

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines said on Monday that he might not accept President Trump's invitation to visit the White House, because he was “tied up” with a busy schedule. “I cannot make any definite promise,” Mr. Duterte said, ...and more »

Trump's 'Very Friendly' Talk With Duterte Stuns Aides and Critics Alike - New York Times

WASHINGTON — When President Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Saturday, White House officials saw it as part of a routine diplomatic outreach to Southeast Asian leaders. Mr. Trump, characteristically, had his own ideas.and more »

Mellman: Trump honors a serial killer - The Hill

Some Democrats have trouble imagining a president worse than Donald Trump. There are a number. ADVERTISEMENT. And Donald Trump just announced his backing for one, extending a White House invitation to a serial killer. Philippine President ...and more »