The White House and a spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday gave conflicting accounts of whether human rights were discussed during a conversation with President Trump.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the two leaders “briefly” discussed human rights in regards to Duterte’s crackdown on drugs.
“The conversation focused on ISIS, illegal drugs, and trade. Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs,” Sanders said, according to a reporter traveling in Asia with Trump.
But Duterte’s spokesman said human rights was not discussed, Reuters reported.
“There was no mention of human rights, no mention of extra-legal killings,” Harry Roque, a spokesman for Duterte, said, according to the…