By Gabrielle Seunagal
On Saturday, President Trump made headlines when he invited Rodrigo Duterte to the White House for a conversation about the current state of drugs. Duterte has earned a reputation as a harsh dictator, due to his habits of ordering the deaths of persons connected to drugs and narcotics. Many people dislike Duterte’s authoritarian style of leadership; it has been noted that his commands engendered the deaths of thousands of people with no link to drugs. Nonetheless, the Commander in Chief met with Duterte and the two powerful leaders discussed the manner in which the Philippines have been fighting to end the drug epidemic in their country.
Duterte may not be the warmest and fuzziest man on planet Earth, but the President’s decision to meet with him was merited and will undoubtedly engender positive side effects, such as an amicable alliance between America and the Philippines. Apparently, forging a union was a goal of Mr. Trump’s and was discussed during his time with Duterte. During an official statement, the White House asserted that a U.S.- Philippine alliance is “now headed in a very positive direction.” Many people have noted that Duterte and President Trump share common characteristics.
America’s ability to unify with other countries is important. Our relationship with other nations will impact foreign policy, immigration, and more. The goal of this country should be to increase our number of allies, while decreasing our amount of foes. Both the United States and the Philippines have work to do in regards to the alarming drug epidemic. A common interest should incentivize both parties to work together, as demonstrated by Duterte and President Trump. Sometimes differences must be put aside to secure the greater good for everyone