Tongue-tied Trump calls Duterte 'Duarte'


Posted at Nov 16 2017 04:02 PM

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday twisted some letters and mistakenly called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, President Duarte.

"During our visit, President Duarte of the Philippines thanked the American people and our Armed Forces for supporting the recent liberation of Marawi from ISIS," Trump said in a speech delivered at the White House.

Trump's mispronunciation is his latest blunder after a series of gaffes he committed during his 12-day Asia tour.

In Japan, Trump broke tradition by greeting Emperor Akihito with a handshake and a nod, instead of a customary bow.

In the Philippines, Trump broke Southeast Asia's symbolic unity handshake during a carefully choreographed photo opportunity at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

After an awkward few seconds, Trump appeared to have recognized his error and made the link between Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Philippines' Duterte.

The handshake chain is a set piece of gatherings of the 10-member regional bloc, who are meeting with leaders from China, the US, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, India, Canada, Japan and South Korea.

- With AFP