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Well, this is awkward.
President Obama canceled his meeting with President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, after he called Obama a “son of a bitch.”
Obama will instead meet with the president of South Korea Tuesday afternoon, according to National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price.
Duterte had warned Obama against asking him about human rights violations in his anti-drug campaign, which has resulted in about 2,400 drug dealers and users being killed by law enforcement without due process of law.
“Son of a bitch, I will swear at you,” Duterte said when asked how he’d respond if Obama questioned him on his approach. The two were originally scheduled to meet, but Obama pulled back after the comments, asking aides to investigate whether such a meeting would be constructive.
A spokesman for Duterte has since told reporters that the president regretted his choice of words “came across as a personal attack on the US President.”
In other words, he’s not sorry he said them. He’s sorry President Obama took them that way.