President Trump just shared sensitive information with yet another foreign administration that has a history of human rights abuses.
Trump revealed to homicidal President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines that America had two nuclear submarines on standby near the Korean peninsula after telling Duterte that he “had a lot of firepower over there,” according to a leaked transcript of the call.
“We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all,” Trump said, according to The Intercept.
This transcript echoes yet another alarming incident of indiscretion by the president, as it was revealed he shared highly classified intel that the U.S. received from Israel with Russian officials last week.
During the call, Trump complemented Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” in the Philipines, a reference to the 9,000 mostly small time drug users and dealers Duterte has executed since taking office last year.
“There are 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them. If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have …,” Duterte said at a news conference last fall, pointing proudly at himself.
Trump went out of his way to call Duterte “a good man” and invited him to the White House multiple times.
“If you want to come to the Oval Office,” Trump said. “I will love to have you in Oval Office. Anytime you want to come. I will be in the Philippines in November, but anytime you are in DC or anywhere, come see me in the Oval Office. Work it out with your staff. Seriously, if you want to come over, just let us know… come see me before November, you are invited anytime.”
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