Thanks but no thanks
President Trump came under heavy criticism when he invited controversial Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a phone conversation Sunday. Duterte, who promotes the extrajudicial killings of accused drug-related criminals, has famously claimed "I don't care about human rights" and told former President Barack Obama to "go to hell."
But Trump might be in luck and manage to avoid the awkward photo-op anyway, The New York Times reports. Duterte, as it turns out, might be too busy to bother with a visit to Washington.
"I cannot make any definite promise," Duterte said Monday, claiming he was "tied up." "I'm supposed to go to Russia, I'm supposed to go to Israel."