New Delhi: United States President Barack Obama cancelled his meeting with the president of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte after he called him a “son of a bi***”.
Barack Obama and Rodrigo Duterte were due to meet on Tuesday at a regional summit in Laos.
The Philippines president was answering a reporter’s question about how he intended to explain the extrajudicial killings to Obama.
“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum,” Duterte was quoted by as saying by Agence-France Presse. “We will be wallowing in the mud like pigs if you do that to me.”
When Obama came to know about it, the US president said Duterte is a colourful guy. He also said that he will ask his staff to find out whether holding the meeting as scheduled would be useful.
“Clearly, he’s a colorful guy,” Obama said. “What I’ve instructed my team to do is talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out is this in fact a time where we can have some constructive, productive conversations.”
“Obviously the Filipino people are some of our closest friends and allies and the Philippines is a treaty ally of ours. But I always want to make sure that if I’m having a meeting that it’s actually productive and we’re getting something done.”
But hours later, a White House spokesperson said that the meeting stands cancelled.