President Trump on Tuesday made yet another false claim, saying that Air Force One during the era of former President Barack Obama “never got to land” in the Philippines, a statement Trump uttered while touting “a very strong relationship” with the Southeast Asian nation.
“And as you know, we were having a lot of problems with the Philippines. The relationship with the past administration was horrible, to use a nice word,” Trump told reporters in Manila.
“I would say ‘horrible’ is putting it mildly. You know what happened. Many of you were there, and you never got to land. The plane came close but it didn’t land.”
Trump seems to making a referencing to a meeting Obama had cancelled in September of 2016 with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The two men were due to gather in Laos, but Obama scarped the meeting after Duterte branded him as a “son of a bitch.”
“Clearly, he’s a colorful guy,” Obama joked at the time of Duterte.
“And what I’ve instructed my team to do is to talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out is this, in fact, a time where we can have some constructive, productive conversations
Obama had made several trips to the Philippines earlier in his presidency, and even signed an enhanced defense cooperation agreement with the country in 2014.
Trump claimed during his opening remarks to reporters on Tuesday emphasized that the United States’ relationship with the Philippines is “probably better than ever before.”
“So it’s very important that we get along with the Philippines, and we really do. We have a very good relationship. I would actually say probably better than ever before,” he said.
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