Donald Trump said he is concerned about the spread of terror during his first international trip since his inauguration.
Speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the US president said the global travel ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, which he said is needed to keep Americans safe, will not be effective.
“It’s just not working,” Mr Trump said.
“We can’t stop all the bad things, we can’t make everyone go home.
We have to keep everybody safe, we have to have a little bit of chaos in some places.”
The US president was speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the United Nations headquarters.
The ban will also affect people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, North Korea and Venezuela, Mr Trump added.
“They’re all going to be affected by it.
They’re all coming into the country.
They all have visas, so they can travel, but we’ll be able to do a little more control on the countries that they’re coming into,” he said.
The president’s comments were echoed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said he was not sure how the ban will affect the future of the world’s largest economy.
“I think what’s important for the world is to not be so focused on the short term,” Mr Tillerson said.
He said the world had to focus on ensuring peace and stability in the world.
“And I think that we should also recognize that this is a very difficult thing to do and I think it’s going to take a very long time, but it’s not going to stop.”
Mr Trump also took a swipe at the UN Security Council, saying it should focus on more pressing matters like preventing the spread and killing of terrorist groups.
“The only people who really care about the United States, and we are the most powerful country in the entire world, are the terrorists,” he told the General Assembly.
“That’s what we should focus our efforts on.
It’s a very complicated issue, but they don’t care about us.
They care about their money, their power, and their position.”
He added: “We’re not the problem.”
Mr Tillerson also said that the US should continue to be the leading voice on international trade, despite the US trade deficit with China.
“If we continue to get more involved in trade and more involved, it’s because we have a very strong economy and our trade deficit is so high,” he added.