A leaked transcript of last month’s telephone conversation between President Trump and President Duterte has begun to circulate online.
The transcript, which was marked “confidential”, contains the words of the two leaders on April 29 after the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila.
The conversation seems to indicate a relaxed and friendly relationship between the leaders, who frequently praise one another’s actions.
In particular, Trump emphatically gives his backing to Duterte’s war on drugs, telling him he’s doing an “unbelievable job”.
In what has been seized upon as a possibly dangerous lapse of judgement, Trump tells Duterte that the USA has two nuclear submarines “the best in the world” in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsular.
It is unknown how the transcript found its way into the public domain.