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Philippines’ former president urges Trump to mend relations

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MANILA, Philippines — President-elect Donald Trump would be well-advised to make a trip here early in his administration to shore up Washington’s troubled alliance with one of the linchpins of its regional security network, says former President Fidel V. Ramos, an elder statesman among the Philippines‘ political and military elite.

“I just hope, and please suggest it to him, that he makes an early visit,” Mr. Ramos told The Washington Times.

He suggested a Trump visit may be needed to neutralize President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats to downgrade the alliance in favor of deeper ties with China and Russia.

“This is already psychological warfare,” said Mr. Ramos, a 1940 West Point graduate who held the Philippine presidency through a tumultuous period in the 1990s after a surge of nationalist fervor expelled U.S. forces from the sprawling island nation.

The Obama administration has been trying to rebuild strategic connections, but nationalist sentiment is surging again with Mr. Duterte just as the U.S. tries to rally its East Asian allies to present a united front against a politically and economically surging China. The fiery populist outsider has repeatedly antagonized Washington — and President Obama personally — since taking office in June.

Mr. Ramos said the Philippine president is smart to explore fresh relations with Beijing and Moscow but stressed that it would be irresponsible to do so at the expense of Manila’s deep ties to Washington and the U.S. military.

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Before I read that, I never understood how much Presidents of third world countries were like bar girls. If you want to understand them, simply follow the money.

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5 hours ago, beameup said:

Maybe a plane-load of palletized currency?  Like the "gift" that the Iranians got?

That was President Obama helping his fellow Muslims develop a bomb to destroy Israel not an attempt to foster better relations between America and Iran.

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8 hours ago, Diverdon said:

That was President Obama helping his fellow Muslims develop a bomb to destroy Israel not an attempt to foster better relations between America and Iran.

And paying ransom while doing so. 

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