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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 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 »

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 »

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

SARASOTA, FL - NOVEMBER 07: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up a rubber mask of himself during a campaign rally in the Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. With less than 24 hours until ...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »