President Barack Obama scratched off what might have been his initially meeting with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, after Duterte portrayed Obama in foul terms, a White House representative said on Tuesday.
Duterte, a straightforward populist known for his colorful remarks and his battle against illegal drugs in which a large number of killed, portrayed Obama as an “offspring of the devil” to journalists on Monday, a day in front of the arranged meeting in Laos, where South Asian pioneers are meeting for yearly summits.
Obama found out about the affront as he rose up out of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, China. At a news gathering, he said he had advised his helpers to talk with Philippine authorities “to discover is this, indeed, a period where we can have some useful, beneficial discussions,” leaving little uncertainty that the meeting would continue as arranged.
“I always want to make sure that if I’m having a meeting, that it’s actually productive and we’re getting something done,” Obama told columnists.
Rather, Obama now wants to meet later on Tuesday with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, said Ned Price, representative for the White House National Security Council – a meeting where the reaction to North Korea’s most recent nuclear tests is relied upon to be on the plan.