WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Many Americans are wondering why President Donald Trump raised a clenched fist — instead of waving to the crowd — shortly after his inaugural speech. Now it can be told.
Shortly before he appeared at his inaugural ceremony, Trump was told by senior aide Kellyanne Conway that his speech will be watched by millions of Filipinos in Manila via a jumbotron set up at Luneta Park (Rizal National Park).
Raising a clenched fist which has become a trademark gesture of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his supporters, was a signal to the Filipino people that the Trump presidency will be supportive of Duterte and his very popular, albeit controversial administration.
In recent months, Duterte had hinted severing ties with the U.S. because big brother has been very critical of his war on drugs and accused him of human rights violations.
Trump wants to keep and strengthen U.S.-Philippines relations, Conway said.
Now you know.