Barack Obama calls off meeting with Rodrigo Duterte after insult
Sept.6, Washington: US President Barack Obama has cancelled his first meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a "son of a whore".
According to a White House spokesman, Obama cancelled his meeting hours after the Philippine leader described him in vulgar terms.
Obama had said he would raise the issue of drug-related extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. But Duterte, who has sanctioned the killing of drug dealers, said if that happened: "Putang ina (son of a whore) I will swear at you in that forum."
Aides say Obama will now meet South Korea's president instead.
US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price told reporters the US president would hold talks with Park Geun-hye at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Laos, where leaders are gathering for a regional summit.
The Oslo Times International News Network