WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after President Trump invited President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to the White House.

"President Trump weakens American values when he fails to stand up for human rights.  President Duterte has overseen the illegal killing of thousands of his own people in the Philippines.  By welcoming Duterte to meet with him in the White House, Trump risks giving Duterte's actions - and his brutal human rights violations - an American stamp of approval."