A top House Democrat on Monday asked President Trump to rescind a White House invitation he extended to the president of a critical but controversial U.S. ally.
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., argued that Philipines President Rodrigo Duterte's human rights record should disqualify him from a White House visit, after Trump's team touted a "very friendly" phone call with the brash leader. That call provided "unjustifiable validation" of Duterte's support for extrajudicial killings, Engel said.
"President Trump's decision to welcome the Philippines' leader to Washington at a time when thousands of Filipinos are being slaughtered in the streets—at President Duterte's direction—calls into question long held American policy of promoting human rights and the rule of law," the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Monday.
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