WHITE HOUSE - President Donald Trump is downplaying the Philippine government’s notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that allows American troops to train in the Southeast Asian country, saying such a move will save the U.S. “a lot of money.”
"My view is a different than other people. I view it as, ‘thank you very much, we save a lot of money,’” Trump told reporters Wednesday
"Three years ago, when ISIS was over running the Philippines, we came in and literally single-handedly were able to save them from vicious attacks on their islands,” Trump said, using an acronym for the Islamic State terror group. The U.S. president added he has “very good” relations with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
This is a tough one and, I’d say this is about “human rights”, we sanctioned one of Duterte’s officials and he did not like this. So a foreign policy blunder? Or we did the right thing and this is the outcome? And hopefully, this situation has not drawn to a close yet.
Yes, we sanctioned an official over Philippines tough crack down on crime.