Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Monday took President Trump to task for missed opportunities during his Asia trip. Specifically, he called it “sad” that President Trump did not make human rights a priority during his meeting with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
The White House said the two leaders “briefly” discussed human rights in the context of Duterte’s drug crackdown, but the Philippine president’s spokesman said the issue was not discussed—with the clear implication that Trump had lied about raising the topic.
On Monday McCain tweeted:
And human rights obviously not a priority in @POTUS’s meeting with Duterte – again, sad.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 13, 2017
Since taking office in 2016, Duterte—one of the region’s most brutal strongmen—has carried out a “war on drugs,” which has led to thousands of killings of suspected drug dealers and users, according to Human Rights Watch.
Trump, on the other hand, has never had much criticism for Duterte. He praised Duterte at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, saying the two have had “a great relationship.” He later laughed when Duterte referred to members of the press as “spies,” according to a reporter traveling with Trump.
McCain, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, also blasted the president on Saturday for ignoring human rights violations during his stop in Danang, Vietnam:
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 11, 2017
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) November 13, 2017
This is what happens when millions of gullible fools elect an idiot dunce whose ONLY skill is artful deception. Is America stuck with this embarrassing dumb ass for another 3 years? Quite likely, Canada would welcome smart U.S. refugees.
— Norman Buffong (@NormanBuffong) November 11, 2017
McCain was captured and tortured by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.
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