President Obama wasn’t in the mood for more verbal abuse in China and canceled a meeting with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.
The two made headlines after Duterte called Obama a “son of whore” (loosly translated) and vowed to curse him out if the two were to meet face to face while both leaders attend a summit in Laos.
“You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum,” Duterte told his local press.
Obama, clearly not pleased with the comment, responded by calling Duterte a “colorful guy” and later canceled the meeting.
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Now, Duterte is changing his tune and expressed regret about his comments, a rare act for the leader who has been dubbed “the Punisher,” and is known for using profanity, the Daily Mail reported.
“We look forward to ironing out differences arising out of national priorities and perceptions, and working in mutually responsible ways for both countries,” a statement from Duterte said.
Duterte did not directly address his “son of a whore” statement, that is now being loosely translated as “son of a bitch,” but either way, it sounds like he’s having second thoughts.
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