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Glenn Thrush Presses Spicer on Duterte: Does Trump ‘Have a Thing With These Totalitarian Leaders?’

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fielded a tough question Monday from one of his most prominent briefing room nemeses, Glenn Thrush of The New York Times.

During Monday’s briefing, Thrush pressed Spicer on President Donald Trump‘s feelings about various totalitarian leaders around the world after the recent White House invitation extended to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who admitted to killing drug suspects.

Thrush also referenced Trump’s kind words during the campaign about Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked: “Does the president have a thing with these totalitarian leaders? Does he admire something about the way these guys conduct themselves?”

Spicer didn’t directly address Thrush’s question, particularly as it related to his words of praise for Putin. He instead spoke about North Korea, and said that Trump extended a White House in invitation to Duterte was extended because of North Korea and the Philippines’ proximity to that country.

“Those are the neighbors,” Spicer said. “Those are the countries that can be helpful as we move forward to prevent the threat that they pose”

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