President Rodrigo Duterte said that he was invited to visit United States several time already to meet US President Donald Trump whom he described as a friend.
“I have been invited to the United States several times. But you know it’s not because of anybody or any place there. It has something to do with the schedule,” Duterte said at the Asia-Pacific Healthy Islands Conference 2018: Networking for Resilient Island Health Systems in Davao City on July 25.
The President said could no longer stand a long-haul flight.
“If it could only be a regional flight where I can go fly-in and fly-out in the evening, that would be very easy. But the long haul of 13, 14 hours would kill me,” he said.
“I used to fly when I was young. Many years. I had about – accumulated something like 670 hours of flying. But for the life of me, I cannot stand long flights anymore,” he explained. “Even the recovery of a jet lag, it would take me about almost two to three days to – just stretch it out before I can function as a person outside.”
Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed hopes to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano in Washington, D.C. for another meeting between President Duterte and President Trump as a follow up to the productive and warm friendship that the two leaders developed during the Philippine hosting of the ASEAN Summit in Manila last November.
Sources: http://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/20180725-SPEECH-OF-PRESIDENT-RODRIGO-ROA-DUTERTE-DURING-THE-ASIA-PACIFIC-HEALTHY-ISLANDS-CONFERENCE-2018-NETWORKING-FOR-RESILIENT-ISLAND-HEALTH-SYSTEMS.pdf; http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/news/6249/300/CAYETANO-POMPEO-MEET-FOR-FIRST-TIME-VOW-TO-REINFORCE-PH-US-TIES/d,phildet/