US President Donald Trump visit to the Philippines would be good for the country.
President Rodrigo Duterte made the remark when asked about a possible visit by Trump to the country after reports said that one of the world’s most powerful leaders had verbally confirmed his attendance in the ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in November this year in Manila.
“Si Trump I don’t know. But he seems to be very busy,” Duterte, who is TIME’s most influential leader, told reporters in Bohol.
“If he’s coming, it would be good for the country, for all of us.” He did not expound.
After assuming the presidency Duterte lashed out at the US and then-President Barack Obama for criticizing his war on illegal drugs.
In an earlier news briefing, Ambassador Marciano Paynor, who is in charge of the Philippines’ preparations for hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, said Trump already confirmed to Duterte his attendance during their phone conversation in December.
Duterte phoned Trump to congratulate him on his stunning upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“As of now, President Trump for instance when president Duterte called him up to congratulate him, had already indicated that he was coming in November so at least verbally he said he was coming,” said Paynor.
While speaking to the Filipino community in Qatar last week, Duterte extolled Trump for his pragmatism. The two leaders have been seen as having similar brash leadership style.