Philippine president says he'll tell Trump to 'lay off' human rights talk

Philippine president says he'll tell Trump to 'lay off' human rights talk
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he'll tell President Trump to "lay off" the topic of human rights if Trump raises it during a summit in Manila.

"You want to ask a question, I'll give you an answer. Lay off. That is not your business. That is my business. I take care of my country and I will nurture my country to health," Duterte told reporters, according to Reuters.

The Philippine leader has been under fire for his country's ongoing drug crackdown, which has taken the lives of 3,900 Filipinos, according to Reuters. 


Filipino authorities claim the deaths were a result of self defense. 

Duterte's comments come a day after Trump ripped North Korea on human rights during an address to South Korea's National Assembly on Tuesday. 

Trump has reportedly praised Duterte in the past for his role in combatting the country's drug crisis. 

"You are a good man," Trump told Duterte, according to a transcript of a phone call between the two leaders published by The Intercept in May. Trump also told the Philippine leader that he was doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.”

Duterte said last month he would welcome Trump "as an important leader" during his visit. 

Duterte once ripped Trump's predecessor, President Obama, warning Obama not to question him about extrajudicial killings during a meeting, saying, "son of a bitch, I will swear at you in that forum."

Obama, in turn, referred to Duterte as "a colorful guy."