US President Donald Trump has no objection to the termination of the agreement with the Philippines on foreign military forces. He told reporters at a meeting in the White House with the president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno:
I really don't mind. Since they want to do this, it will save a lot of money.
This agreement is known as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). Washington and Manila imprisoned him in 1998. This year, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced the termination of the agreement after his ally Senator Ronald Dol Rose was denied an entry visa to the United States.
To this, Donald Trump reacted calmly and expressed his consent to the termination of the contract. At the same time, he understands that his opinion on this issue is contrary to the position of other American officials.
For example, Pentagon chief Mark Esper called Duterte’s decision “regrettable,” while the American embassy in Manila hinted that breaking the agreement was “a serious step with significant consequences.”
The US President also noted that he had a good relationship with Rodrigo Duterte, and recalled the assistance provided by America to the Philippines in the fight against the radicals of the “Islamic State” (banned in Russia).