President Donald Trump says he has zero tolerance for hate propaganda, saying he has received calls from the US Senate urging him to reinstate a controversial order blocking travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“If they say I’m going to do something that’s a disaster, I’m not going to say no to that,” Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One en route to his first overseas trip.
“I have zero tolerance.”
Mr Trump also called on Congress to pass legislation restoring the travel ban, saying it would “save lives and save the country”.
“We’re going to take care of this problem, we’re going get the bills passed and we’re not going anywhere,” he said.
“We have a problem with terrorism.
I mean, we have a real problem, but we have zero-tolerance for hate.”
Mr Duterte was elected to office in June, pledging to combat crime and illegal drugs.
The US State Department says the travel order has been blocked by federal courts in Washington, DC and Hawaii, while the court ruling is currently being appealed.
The executive order has come under intense criticism from Democrats and others who say it discriminates against Muslim-Americans, who account for roughly 30 per cent of the US population.
The White House has argued that the order does not discriminate on the basis of religion, but some legal experts have said it may discriminate on grounds of national security.
The order was issued by Mr Trump in an attempt to curb terrorism in the US and around the world.
Mr Trump has described Mr Duterte’s crackdown on drug traffickers and criminals as the “toughest thing” he has done in office, but his administration has faced criticism from some Democrats and rights groups that the ban has led to racial profiling and other abuses.
On Wednesday, the Senate approved the controversial travel ban that Mr Trump announced on June 14, in a 49-48 vote.
In his first State of the Union address as president, Mr Trump pledged to rein in crime and terrorism, calling it “one of the greatest threats we face” to national security, and promising to “send a clear message to the world that this dangerous and dangerous ideology will not be tolerated”.
Mr Trump said he will seek to have the order reinstated, but has made clear he does not want it to be.
“There’s no place for bigotry, and bigotry will not prevail,” Mr Duterte said.