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Philippine Leader Says He Won't Visit US, Adds 'It's Lousy'

  • Associated Press

FILE - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte answers questions from reporters at Manila's international airport, Philippines, May 24, 2017.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will never visit the United States while he is in office, and adds that he has "seen America and it's lousy."

Duterte delivered his latest verbal attack on the United States after he was asked in a news conference Friday to react to an American lawmaker's threat to lead a protest if Duterte accepts President Donald Trump's invitation to visit the White House.

Duterte asked, "What makes that guy think I'm going to America?"

He added: "There will never be a time during my administration that I'll be going to America or thereafter. ... I've seen America and it's lousy."

Duterte's spokesman said in April that Trump had invited the Philippine leader in a telephone call to visit the White House.

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