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Trump has 'warm rapport' with Phillipines' Duterte - official

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has developed a friendly relationship with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte from the two leaders’ telephone conversations and exchanges of letters, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. “I think there’s a warm rapport there and he’s very much looking forward to his first in-person meeting with President Duterte,” the U.S. official told reporters during a background briefing on Trump’s Nov. 3-14 trip to Asia. Duterte is known for his often profanity-laden tirades against the United States, chiding Washington for treating the Philippines “like a dog,” despite the two nations’ longstanding relationship.

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander)
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