No thanks, Obama.
Bombastic Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte told President Obama to “go to hell” during his latest ranting speech about his deadly anti-drug crusade, which has been heavily criticized by the U.S.
"Instead of helping us, the first to hit was the State Department,” Duterte said Tuesday, furious that the U.S. hasn’t helped in his mission to kill drug dealers and users. “So you can go to hell, Mr. Obama, you can go to hell.”
Duterte — who has overseen the killings of at least 3,500 drug offenders since he took office in May and has promised to executed “hundreds of thousands” more in the coming months — justified his bloody quest as a simple public health initiative
"Although it may sound s--t to you, it is my sacred duty to keep the integrity of this republic and the people healthy," he said in the televised, tangential speech.
The outburst-filled speech is not the first time the foul-mouthed Duterte has insulted the American president.
Last month, he called the president a “son of a bitch” during a news conference ahead of Obama’s planned visit to the Philippines. Obama swiftly canceled the meeting.
Last week, Duterte proudly compared his mission to kill his country’s criminals to the Holocaust.
"Hitler massacred 3 million Jews,” he said Friday. “There's 3 million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them."
While the Philippine government estimates there are currently 3 million drug addicts in the country, historians say 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis under Hitler before and during World War II.
According to some U.S. officials, Washington has been doing its best to ignore Duterte's rhetoric and not provide him with a pretext for more outbursts.
While an open break with Manila would create problems in a region where China's influence has grown, there were no serious discussions about taking punitive steps such as cutting aid to the Philippines, two U.S. officials said on Monday.