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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 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 »

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 Really Likes Dictators. That's a Problem for US Foreign Policy - World Politics Review

Observers around the world have found many of the statements coming out of the White House in recent days deeply unsettling. That is nothing new in the era of President Donald Trump. But within the overall stream of Trump's controversial pronouncements ...and more »

This Isn't Realpolitik. This Is Amateur Hour. - Foreign Policy (blog)

To a casual observer, Donald Trump's invitation to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House might appear to be a classic example of hard-nosed realpolitik. Never mind Duterte's murderous anti-drug campaign, his boasting of having ...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 »

The Thug Appeal of Rodrigo Duterte - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. On Saturday, Donald Trump extended a White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines. The invitation surprised many: Duterte has compared ...and more »

While in White House, Trumps remained selling points for 'very special' Philippines project - Washington Post

Investors looking to buy a condo at Trump Tower in the Philippines would have found, until this week, some high-powered video testimonials on the project's official website. There was Donald Trump, in a message filmed several years before he was ...and more »

After Trump's Phone Call to Philippines Leader, China's President Calls Him - New York Times

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping of China spoke by phone on Wednesday with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, in what Chinese news media described as a friendly call that came just a few days after President Trump's amicable conversation ...and more »

What Trump Sees in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte - The New Yorker

Any way you look at it, the White House's account of a phone call between President Trump and the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, which took place over the weekend, is shocking. The call was “very friendly,” the White House said in a statement ...and more »