After 11 days of honor guards, dancing children, palace banquets, deference from Asian leaders and an audience with an emperor, President Trump on Monday seemed determined not to spoil the pomp and ceremony with a sticky dispute over human rights.
So as he met in Manila with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, a leader accused of overseeing a broad crackdown on suspected drug dealers that has left thousands of people dead without charges or trials, Trump ignored reporters’ questions about human rights and instead focused on the hospitality.
The list of organizations condemning Duterte’s human rights violations is long and includes the U.S. Congress, the European Union, the United Nations and the global group Human Rights Watch.
They are violations by the way, that the Obama administration knew about yet ignored. The Los Angeles Times must have forgotten.