US president offers no public rebuke of Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drugs crackdown as he nears end of 12-day Asia tour

Donald Trump has hailed his “great relationship” with the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who stands accused of acting with impunity over a brutal war on drugs that has left thousands dead.

The US president made no mention of human rights during brief remarks to reporters prior to a meeting with his Philippine counterpart, and both leaders ignored shouted questions about the drugs crackdown.

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