U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not mind if the Philippines ends a military agreement with the United States.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday announced the termination of a two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, a move U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has called “unfortunate.” The decision will take effect in 180 days.
Trump added that he has a good relationship with Duterte.
Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama