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President Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a Saturday phone call, and that's led to a flurry of condemnations, with top Democrats in Congress demanding that he immediately rescind the invitation as contrary to USA interests.

His invitation drew objections from human rights advocates who have accused Duterte of waging a war on drugs that has resulted in thousands of people dead in the Philippines.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, when asked about the Duterte invitation, said that a meeting with the Philippines leader would help the U.S. isolate North Korea and that doing so would help to ensure the safety of American lives. USA, as a self-proclaimed leader of peace and democracy to the world can be expected to take a tough stance against other leaders who engage in undemocratic processes, but Trump has actually invited Duterte over to the White House.

Duterte's statement on President Donald Trump's invitation is seen to come at a time when the Philippines is giving priority to its relations with China.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called President Obama a "son of a b*tch", for questioning the war on drugs in his country. You know, Mr. Duterte remains significantly popular. His invitations included the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Thailand, and in a surprise to many, the president of the Philippines.

In an interview with Sputnik Chinese, political expert from Moscow State University Alexei Fenenko said that the Philippines is one of the main allies of the USA in the Asian region and thus there is no doubt that the U.S. will further lend the Philippines unconditional support.

MCEVERS: What sort of message do you think it sends to Duterte's opponents that the president of the United States would like to host him? Duterte had threatened to "break up" with his American allies amid us criticism over Duterte's alleged human-rights violations, namely extrajudicial killings in his nation's war against drug trafficking.

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"It's a message that the USA no longer cares about human rights", he told AFP.

On Tuesday, Duterte said he could not give "definite promise" to Trump, citing his hectic schedule.

Duterte a year ago branded Obama a "son of a whore" in response to the criticism.

Rights groups have warned Duterte may be orchestrating a crime against humanity, with police and vigilantes committing mass murder.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday the president is "fully briefed on leaders" and that when Trump speaks with leaders "he gets briefed on what they're doing, done".

But Trump, who's already expressed admiration for other authoritarians like Putin, Sisi, Erdogan and more recently even North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly has no problem with any of this.

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