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    U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte.

    When President Donald Trump called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in April, he said Duterte is doing "a great job" handling his nation's drug problems, which have been widely condemned as a bloody, extrajudicial campaign against suspected dealers, according to a Washington Post report.

    Trump told Duterte he was doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem," according to a transcript of the call the Post obtained after being circulated by the government, NBC News reported. 

    Trump also revealed sensitive military information — two U.S. nuclear submarines were near North Korea — on the call, in which he and Duterte described North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman."

    A senior White House official confirmed to the Post that the transcript is accurate. NBC has reached out to the White House for additional confirmation.

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