Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte drew condemnation from the Obama administration after the two leaders were swept up in a vitriolic exchange, with Duterte at one point telling the U.S. president to “go to hell.” Duterte has broadcast a much kinder message to the president-elect: “Long live Mr. Trump!”
In May, Duterte rose to power in a landslide election thanks to a hardline populist platform with anti-establishment overtones. During his campaign, he encouraged the Philippine people to kill drug addicts, a stance that proved popular to his constituents but alarmed many foreign leaders.
One of those was President Barack Obama, who censured Duterte for authorizing extrajudicial killings. Duterte responded with outrage, delivering several profanity-laden addresses in which he personally insulted the president and complained about American threats to cut off aid to The Philippines.
“They talk as if we are still the colonies,” Duterte said on Wednesday. “You do not give us the aid, shit, to hell with you.”
However, Duterte has extended a proverbial olive branch to Trump, with whom he claims to share many similarities.
“We are both making curses. Even with trivial matters, we curse. I was supposed to stop because Trump is there. I don’t want to quarrel anymore, because Trump has won.”
In October, Trump claimed that he would not support Duterte’s calls to remove foreign troops from the Philippines, noting the country’s valuable strategic location.