Announcement Date: April 29, 2017

During a phone conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, President Trump invited President Duterte, who has been accused of numerous human rights violations, to visit the White House. As The New York Times noted, President Trump has a business interest in the Philippines: “His name is stamped on a $150 million, 57-floor tower in Manila, a licensing deal that netted his company millions of dollars.” Additionally, President Trump’s business partner in the Philippines was appointed special government envoy to the United States by President Duterte shortly before President Trump’s election.