Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he confronted Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings related to his country’s aggressive crackdown on illegal drugs after President Trump failed to raise the issue during his meeting with Duterte over the weekend, Bloomberg News reported.
“I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law and specifically extrajudicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with,” Trudeau said.
“The president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange,” he added.
Human rights groups have criticized Duterte for his handling of drug problems in his country, which has included the extrajudicial killings of an estimated 9,000 people, including many small-time drug dealers and users.
The Hill added:
Trump met with Duterte on Sunday during his first official visit to the country, the last stop on his five-nation tour of Asia.
The White House said the two leaders “briefly” talked about human rights as it related to the drug crackdown, but Duterte’s spokesman denied that the issue was discussed.
Lawmakers like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted Trump for failing to confront the Philippine leader on the subject.
“And human rights obviously not a priority in @POTUS’s meeting with Duterte — again, sad,” McCain tweeted Monday.
In May of this year, Trump praised Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.”