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For POTUS, good relations trump media chatter

President Donald Trump met with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on the last leg of his Asia trip and did not publicly mention Duterte’s widely reported human rights abuses. He also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sourabh Gupta, policy specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies, says that Trump prioritizes good diplomatic relations with Duterte’s regime and that people who criticize Trump’s apparent friendliness toward Putin fail to see the vital interests shared by Russia and the US.

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