UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he did not mind the Philippines terminating the foreign military agreement with the United States.
“I do not mind this. We helped the Philippines fight ISIS (the Islamic State terrorist group banned in Russia – approx. TASS). I have good relations with their president [Rodrigo] Duterte,” Trump said when answering journalists’ questions. in the White House during a meeting with President of Ecuador Lenin Moreno.
“I really do not mind if they do it. We do not mind. We will save a lot of money,” the head of the Washington administration said. According to him, the United States several years ago “literally alone saved [the Philippines] from the brutal attacks of the Islamic State.”
On the eve of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines notified the United States of the termination of the treaty on foreign armed forces. As the newspaper Manila Bulletin notes, the agreement will expire 180 days after Washington receives this letter.
President Rodrigo Duterte announced the decision to terminate the agreement in January, after Washington’s refusal to issue a visa to the Philippine Senator Ronald Rosa. Such a move is seen by the president as interference in the internal affairs of Manila. U.S. budget law, signed by President Donald Trump in early January, includes a clause banning Philippine officials from entering the United States in connection with a lawsuit against opposition politician Leila de Lima. This provision was applied to the Philippine Senator Ronald of the Dew.
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