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Trump Praised Philippines President Duterte For Drug War That Has Killed 9,000 People

President Donald Trump opened a brief April phone call with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte by commending the strongman?s bloody war on drugs, according to a transcript obtained by The Washington Post and the The Intercept.

?I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,? said Trump. ?Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.?

Trump then criticized former President Barack Obama, who had spoken out against Duterte?s violent anti-drug offensive that has killed an estimated 9,000 people, including many small-time users and dealers.

?I understand that and fully understand that and I think we had a previous president who did not understand that, but I understand that and we have spoken about this before,? Trump said, according to the transcript.

A senior Trump administration official told the Post the transcript is accurate, but would not speak on the record about a ?leaked? document.

The transcript, provided to the outlets by a source in the Philippines and authenticated by Rappler, a Philippines news outlet that partnered with the Intercept, is further confirmation of Trump?s uncharacteristic friendliness toward autocratic world leaders. It also is likely to raise fears that harsh rhetoric from Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on what they call the scourge of drug abuse and addiction may give way to more militant action in the future.

In his call with Trump, Duterte similarly called drugs ?the scourge of my nation,? according to the transcript.

White House officials initially characterized the April call as ?a very friendly conversation,? during which Trump had invited Duterte to visit Washington. That development reportedly surprised White House staffers and drew widespread condemnation from human rights groups, which have accused Duterte of condoning a lawless drug war that has terrorized the nation with a campaign of extrajudicial killings carried out by vigilantes and police officers. Duterte has seemingly embraced this barbaric depiction, comparing himself with Adolf Hitler on a mission to kill millions of drug addicts.

?By essentially endorsing Duterte?s murderous war on drugs, Trump is now morally complicit in future killings,? John Sifton, Asia advocacy director of Human Rights Watch, told The New York Times in April. ?Although the traits of his personality likely make it impossible, Trump should be ashamed of himself.?

Michael Collins, deputy director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit that supports the progressive reform of drug laws, called Trump?s remarks ?a new low.?

?It fills me with disgust to see the U.S. president congratulate someone who has overseen the massacre of thousands of his own people in the name of the war on drugs,? Collins said in a statement to HuffPost. ?The U.S. government should be urging restraint and respect for human rights; instead Trump gives Duterte?s deadly drug war his seal of approval.?

 

Trump?s support for Duterte?s tactics also mark a significant departure from the policies of Obama?s administration, which had shown a willingness to confront the Philippines president on the issue of drug enforcement. Ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in September, Obama said he?d bring up the drug war during a planned meeting with Duterte, because he believed in the need to ?have due process and to engage in that fight against drugs in a way that?s consistent with basic international norms.?

Duterte responded by calling Obama a Taglog phrase for ?son of a bitch,? and the meeting was canceled.

Trump and Duterte, during their call, also discussed escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, and expressed concerns about North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, whom Trump called a ?madman with nuclear weapons.? Days later, Trump said he?d be ?honored? to meet with the North Korean dictator.

Trump and Duterte agreed that China would play a pivotal role in keeping North Korea in check, and warding off the possibility of military action.

?We have a lot of firepower over there. We have two submarines ? the best in the world ? we have two nuclear submarines ? not that we want to use them at all,? said Trump, according to the transcript. ?I?ve never seen anything like they are but we don?t have to use this but he could be crazy so we will see what happens.?

This article has been updated to include the comment of Michael Collins.

Click here for the full story from The Intercept.

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What People Really Think About Their Moms’ Wedding Gowns

Some wedding dresses stand the test of time, and others ? well, not so much.

In a recent video, Brides editors describe their moms? wedding gowns and tell the stories behind the special garments. One dress was stained when the bride fainted at the altar, another was impressively hand-tailored by the bride herself and several boasted some of those signature 80s poofy sleeves. 

Watch the video above to see what these daughters and sons had to say about their moms? big day fashion choices. 

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Anna Camp Teases ‘Pretty Crazy’ Action In ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

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Anna Camp has had roles in everything from ?Mad Men? to ?How I Met Your Mother? to ?The Mindy Project? to ?True Blood.? But, let?s face it: you?re here because of ?Pitch Perfect.? Anna?s stunning digestive pyrotechnics made her a breakout star in the first ?Pitch Perfect? film. Five years later, Anna and her fellow castmates have wrapped filming on ?Pitch Perfect 3.? To top it all off, Anna returned to the small screen this weekend in the Netflix series ?Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.?

We recently chatted with Anna about her ?aca-awesome? career, the secret talent she?s kept hidden all these years and her least favorite summer trend.

You recently wrapped filming on ?Pitch Perfect 3.? What can fans expect from the third installment?

Fans can expect a lot of singing, a lot of dancing, and, to be honest, this is the most action-packed of the movies that we?ve shot. There?s a lot of stunt work. We?re running, we?re jumping off of boats … I mean, I can?t give anything else away, but it?s pretty crazy.

So it?s like ?Pitch Perfect,? but ?Mission: Impossible? edition?

Kind of! We were all sitting there, going, ?Remember when we shot the first one?? We were wearing these little airline stewardess outfits and going to sing in basements in weird places in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where we shot it. Now they built a YACHT. There could be some explosions. Something to look forward to!

This is a big week for you, because ?Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? hits Netflix this weekend. Your character in the show has been described as both ?majestic? and ?terrifying? ? what?s it like playing a nefarious Manhattan mom?

I love Deirdre Robespierre. She is like no one I?ve ever played. I know I play a lot of uptight, kind of bitchy characters, but Deirdre … she?s panicking inside. Sometimes her panic and fear spills out of her, but then she completely recovers. It?s the most fun I?ve ever had, and I think that it?s because it?s so well-written. The character was already on the page, and I just knew her. I knew who that person was. I had friends whose moms were like that, so I could draw from that. She?s the most fun to play. I love her. She?s crazy, and I love playing crazy.

We?re so excited about the latest season!

It?s going to be so good. I?m so happy to be a part of it. It was one of my favorite shows for the first season, so when they asked me to be in the second, I was like, ?Oh, God, this is great!?

What?s the environment like on set?

It?s really creative and really comedic. The first time that I shot one of the scenes in one of my first episodes, Tina kept going, ?Go bigger! Go bigger!? And I was like ?Bigger?? And she was like, ?Yeah! You can?t do anything wrong.? That?s the best direction that you can get as an actor, because you?re just limitless. The options are limitless. You can be totally free and totally crazy. And they used some of my biggest takes! They really know what they?re doing over there ? it?s really really fun.

What?s your favorite word to put ?aca-? in front of?

My favorite word to put ?aca? in front of has to be ?awesome.? Aca-awesome. Because that?s aca-awesome! 

What?s one thing your fans might not know about you?

I can make an awesome ? an *aca-awesome* trumpet sound with my mouth. I got to do it in ?Pitch Perfect 3? and I hope it makes it in there.

Which summer fashion trend do you think is highly overrated?

I don?t know if it?s overrated, but I kind of feel like it makes no sense. It?s those shirts that are kind of long sleeved yet there are holes in just the shoulders. So if your shoulders are getting really hot, they get, like, a breeze? I?m just kind of confused by them.

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Women In Their 30s Are Now Having More Babies Than Those In Their 20s And More Top Parenting Stories

From mom swimsuits to Tina Fey, here is the biggest news for moms and dads from the last week. For more parenting news and first-person stories, visit HuffPost Parents or sign up for our newsletter.

Women In Their 30s Are Now Having More Babies Than Those In Their 20s

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women in their 30s are now having more babies than women in their 20s in the U.S.

Analyzing preliminary data from 2016, the CDC found that the birth rate for women ages 30 to 34 jumped to about 102.6 births per 1,000 women from 101.5 per 1,000 in 2015. Meanwhile, the birth rate for women ages 25-29 (the demographic with the highest birth rate for more than three decades) fell from 104.3 per 1,000 in 2015 to 101.9 per 1,000 in 2016. For the whole story, click here.

It Only Took These Moms 5 Minutes To Hilariously Sum Up Swimsuit Season

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators behind the web series ?#IMomSoHard? released a video on Thursday in which they tackle the pressures of putting on a swimsuit and offer some encouraging advice to fellow mothers.

In the hilarious video, which was viewed more than 5 million times in 24 hours, the moms laugh along with each other as they model ?unreasonable? swimsuits with various cutouts and designs.

Dad Raises Thousands To Cover Student Lunch Debt In Washington State

A Seattle dad of three is improving lunchtime for kids he?s never even met with a selfless mission.

As of Thursday afternoon, Jeffrey Lew has raised more than $25,000 on GoFundMe to erase the lunch debt, or debt students rack up when they can?t afford lunch, in Seattle public schools.

Lew told HuffPost that hearing about schools shaming kids for not having enough lunch money sparked the idea for his fundraiser. He read about schools throwing out students? food and forcing them to clean in front of their peers for simply not having money in their lunch account.

?Seeing that, hearing about that, reading about that, it really just broke my heart,? he told HuffPost. 

Moms Turn Their Pregnant Bellies Into Works Of Art In Imaginative New Trend

A creative app is giving moms the ability to show off their artistic sides and their pregnant bellies at the same time.

Using a photo-editing app called PicsArt, pregnant women are imagining what their babies look like in utero by adding colorful and cartoon-like details to photos of themselves. Some of the edited photos feature lifelike images of babies in the womb, while others are a bit more abstract. Many moms are sharing their edited images on Instagram using the hashtag #BabyInBelly.

23 Times Tina Fey Hilariously Summed Up Parenting

Tina Fey seems to know the highs and lows of parenting all too well. 

The famous funny mom has two daughters, 11-year-old Alice and 5-year-old Penelope. Throughout her time as a parent, Fey has been very candid about her experience ? from the relatable motherhood passages in her best-selling book Bossypants to her countless hilarious interviews.

 

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Little Girl Reacts Perfectly Upon Realizing That Parenting Is Hard

It may seem like kids don?t appreciate their parents? hard work, sacrifice and dedication. But this little girl understands the difficulty quite well. 

America?s Funniest Home Videos shared a video of a little girl looking absolutely distraught at the realization that being a parent is hard.

?I don?t want kids! They?re too exhausting!? she says through tears.

We feel ya, kiddo. 

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This Little Boy Had A ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’-Themed Birthday Party And It Was Awesome

We?ve seen a Costco birthday party, personal injury lawyer-themed birthday party, ?Golden Girls? party and even a poop-themed birthday party. But we must admit we have a special affection for this little boy?s ?Mrs. Doubtfire? party.

Evan Kowalski of Wyandotte, Michigan celebrated his 4th birthday with a fun-filled tribute to the iconic Robin Williams film. ?My son saw the movie about six months ago and just loved it!? his mom, Laura, told HuffPost. ?He thought it was very funny and who doesn?t love Robin Williams??

The little boy?s ?Mrs. Doubtfire?-themed party took place on May 13 at Downriver Gymnastics in Southgate. The event featured drawings of Euphegenia Doubtfire, a custom cake, and a ?run-by fruiting? sign with fruit kabob snacks.

The goodie bags were personalized with ?Thank you for coming, _____ dear? messages for each guest.

Laura credits many helpers with bringing the party together somewhat last-minute. Her mom, Pamela, and cousin, John, helped with the decorations. 

?All of this was done SO fast, just to make a 4-year-old boy happy!? Laura said. ?It?s really incredible.?

The mom said she?s been fortunate to have support from friends and family, as her husband?s job often requires him to be away. ?My motto with parenting is it takes a village!? she said, adding that she turned to an even wider village of people to figure out the birthday cake.  

?I was thrown for such a loop when Evan said he wanted a ?Mrs. Doubtfire? party, so I quickly posted on a local Facebook page, Downriver and Friends looking for a baker. That?s how I found Angie Claxon (Cakes by Sweetypants), who made the amazing cake.?

Evan loved every minute of the party, but his favorite part was definitely the cake, which featured several elements from the movie ? including the infamous face cream scene. ?It met ALL of his expectations,? the mom said. Evan?s 7-year-old sister, Allison, and 12-year-old brother, Ethan were also big fans.

Laura told HuffPost she?s been overwhelmed by the positive response to Evan?s party. After the mom shared photos from the event on social media, a local news station reached out to do a segment about it. 

?I never in a million years expected it to get attention outside friends and family,? she said. ?It?s been so fun, though! Definitely something for the baby book.? 

H/T BabyCenter

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This Mother Rewrote A Popular Song To Combat Mom Shaming

Mom shaming seems to have become an inescapable part of parenting today. But this mama is saying enough is enough!

Blogger Riona O Connor rewrote Rag?n?Bone Man?s ?Human? to tackle this nasty reality. ?Mom shaming ain?t cool,? she sings. ?I wish I had time to judge like you do, but I?m busy with kid stuff ? like cleaning up poo.?

The video has reached over three million views on Facebook, between the blogger?s page and the Selfish Mother ?blogzine? page. 

As Riona told HuffPost in an email, her video is ?parenting parody for the mom shamed, thong-fearing, mess-embracing humans who happen to be parents.?

Hear, hear!

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