There is a report in the Victoria Times Colonist that says that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte referred to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments about human rights in the Philippines as “a personal and official insult” and said that ““It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know what exactly is happening in this country. You don’t even investigate.”“
Prime Minister Trudeau says that “Duterte — whose violent crackdown on drug dealers and drug users by his government’s forces have left thousands dead — was receptive to the comments during what the Canadian prime minister called a very cordial and positive exchange.” It looks like the two leaders talked and listen past each other. After all, a “cordial and positive exchange” is rarely characterized by the other party as a “personal and official insult.”
President Duterte is notoriously thin skinned and Prime Minister Trudeau is equally notoriously impervious to the feelings of others ~ he appears to consider only himself.
Is President Duterte just scoring cheap, political points at home? Was Prime Minister Trudeau poorly briefed on how to deal with the Philippines president? Or did he, Trudeau, just screw up because he’s really just not ready for this job?