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President Obama cancels meeting with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte over profanity-laced remarks

September 6, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
President Obama cancels meeting with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte over profanity-laced remarks

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The White House has canceled a planned meeting President Barack Obama with Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines after the brazen, outspoken leader made disparaging, disrespectful, obscenity-laced remarks.

Rodrigo Duterte used profanities as he spoke with reporters on Monday after a reporter asked how he would respond if Obama inquired about his role in the extrajudicial executions of over 2,000 alleged drug runners since he assumed office back in June.

“I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony,” Duterte said. “You must be respectful.”

“Who does he think he is? I’m no puppet for the Americans. I do not have any master except the Filipino people. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions,” he added, concluding his statement by announcing, “Putang ina, I will swear at you in that forum,” which is a Tagalog expression for “son of a bitch.”

Just hours after the remarks went viral, Ned Price, the Obama Administration’s National Security Council spokesman announced the cancellation of President Obama’s meeting with Duterte.

In a statement, Price said: “Obama will not be holding a bilateral meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines this afternoon. Instead, he will meet with President Park of the Republican of Korea.”

The two leaders were scheduled to meet on Tuesday at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Laos.

According to CNN, Duterte has since expressed regret for his profanity-ridden rant against the President in a released statement delivered by a spokesman on Tuesday.

“We regret it came across as a personal attack on the US President, and look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions,” the statement read.

The dispute comes just days after Obama’s controversial arrival in China for the G20 summit. After Air Force One landed in Hangzhou on Saturday, White House staff and Chinese officials engaged in a shouting match over how President Obama should have been greeted off of his plane, as he was the only international leader who was not welcomed with a red carpet.

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