Duterte pokes fun at Trump, Medvedev eating habits during ASEAN dinner

Pia Ranada
US President Donald Trump turned his salad into 'little mountains' on his plate while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ate everything on his plate without paying heed to his security, shares Duterte about his ASEAN dinner tablemates

TABLEMATES. President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump sit together at the ASEAN gala dinner. Malacañang photo

In the middle of talking about food security in a country short on agricultural land and besieged by storms, President Rodrigo Duterte poked fun at the eating habits of United States President Donald Trump and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

He shared his observations about his fellow country leaders during his speech on Thursday, December 21, during the commissioning of two ships in Davao City.

Duterte had observed Trump’s and Medvedev’s habits during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Gala Dinner, during which the 2 leaders were his tablemates. (READ: How Duterte fared as host of his biggest gala dinner yet)

Trump, who Duterte described as a “daldalero” (talkative) dining companion, appeared not to like the salad served to him during the grand opening event.

The American president, Duterte had observed, used his fork to gather the salad into little mounds, much like a child playing with food he does not want to eat.

“Si Trump, magkatabi kami eh, [garbled] ‘yang tinidor. Sige daldal-daldal, daldalero eh. Tapos ‘yung pagkain na parang salad, nung nakakuha siya, ginaganun niya. Ini-i-spread niya isang, parang munting bundok,” said Duterte.

(Trump, we were seatmates, [garbled] the fork. He kept talking, he’s talkative. Then the food that was like a salad, when he received it, he spread it then gathered them into small mounds.)

Perhaps one reason for Trump’s apparent hesitation to eat the salad was an instruction from his security?

Si Trump ang hindi pinapakain ng guwardya niya (Trump is the one whose guards don’t let him eat),” said Duterte.

The Philippine President compared Trump to Russian Prime Minister Medvedev whose security could not stop him from eating the food.

Si Medvedev, walang security-security. Basta kain (Medvedev ignored the security. He just went ahead and ate),” said Duterte.

Hindi na nagtanong ‘yung iba na, ‘Makain ba ito?’ Hindi. Basta nandiyan sa plato,” he continued.

(He didn’t ask others anymore, ‘Can I eat this?’ No. As long as it was on the plate.)

But Duterte made sure to also share his own eating habits during his speech.

He claimed that anyone who wants to treat him to a meal should take him to a streetside barbeque joint.

Sa totoo lang, if you really want me satisfied with a meal, if you want to break bread with me tapos ano ako, I feel comfortable, dalhin mo ako diyan sa mga – maski barbeque-barbeque,” he said.

 (Truth be told, if you really want me satisfied with a meal, if you want to brreak bread with me and I feel comfortable, bring me to those barbecue places.) – Rappler.com

 

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.