Trump hit with backlash after inviting Philippine Leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House

President Trump is facing backlash after inviting the Philippines' controversial leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House.

The president reportedly extended the invite to Duterte to the White House during phone call on Saturday which the two world leaders discussed rising tensions in North Korea.

The invitation reportedly surprised even those within his own administration.

According to the New York Times, at least two senior officials within the administration expected the State Department and the National Security Council to raise internal objections, having been "caught off guard" by the unexpected invitation.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (C) clenches fist with members of the Philippine Army during his visit at the army headquarters in Taguig city, metro Manila, Philippines October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech to the members of the Philippine Army during a visit at the army headquarters in Taguig city, metro Manila, Philippines October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech to the members of the Philippine Army during a visit at the army headquarters in Taguig city, metro Manila, Philippines October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte shows a brochure of the new Glock pistols to be issued to members of the Philippine Army during a visit at the army headquarters in Taguig city, metro Manila, Philippines October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a news conference in Davao city, southern Philippines August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr/File Photo
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (C) clenches fist with members of the Philippine Army during his visit at the army headquarters in Taguig city, metro Manila, Philippines October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering a speech before female police officers during a gathering in Davao city, Philippines, September 30, 2016. Picture taken September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (L) speaks during his meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte leaves the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Meanwhile, human rights groups have already spoken out.

"By essentially endorsing Duterte's murderous war on drugs, Trump is now morally complicit in future killings." John Sifton, of Human Rights Watch, said.

Senator Ben Cardin, the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he was "deeply disturbed" by the invitation in a statement published on Monday.

"This is a man who has boasted publically about killing his own citizens," the statement read. "The United States is unique in the world because our values – respect for human rights, respect for the rule of law -- are our interests. Ignoring human rights will not advance US interests in the Philippines or any place else."

Duterte, who became president of the Philippines last year, has been known for his blunt rhetoric and aggressive efforts to end what he considers to be a drug epidemic in the Philippines.

During his campaign he vowed that his presidency would be a "bloody one" and said he would pardon himself and other officers for murder and other human rights violations as needed in the war on drugs. Reports have emerged of "slaughter" on the streets in the months since he has taken office.

He even said he would kill his own child if he found out he or she had used drugs.

One human rights group estimates that Duterte's drug crackdown has resulted in the deaths of around 7,000 people.

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The deadly side of the Philippines' drug war
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ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Jennelyn Olaires, 26, weeps over the body of her partner, who was killed on a street by a vigilante group, according to police, in a spate of drug related killings in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 23, 2016. A sign on a cardboard found near the body reads: "Pusher Ako", which translates to "I am a drug pusher." REUTERS/Czar Dancel SEARCH "CZAR DRUGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Jennelyn Olaires, 26, cradles the body of her partner, who was killed on a street by a vigilante group, according to police, in a spate of drug related killings in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 23, 2016. A sign on a cardboard found near the body reads: "Pusher Ako", which translates to "I am a drug pusher." REUTERS/Czar Dancel SEARCH "CZAR DRUGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jennelyn Olaires, 26, looks at the body of her partner Michael Siaron during his wake in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Czar Dancel SEARCH "CZAR DRUGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Jennelyn Olaires, 26, uses her mobile phone as she sits beside the coffin of her partner Michael Siaron in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Czar Dancel SEARCH "CZAR DRUGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Jennelyn Olaires, 26, talks to her friends during the wake of her partner Michael Siaron in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Czar Dancel SEARCH "CZAR DRUGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
People attend the wake of Michael Siaron in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Czar Dancel SEARCH "CZAR DRUGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Jennelyn Olaires, 26, (R) sleeps on chairs at the wake of her partner Michael Siaron in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Czar Dancel SEARCH "CZAR DRUGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
People play Bingo below a poster of late Michael Siaron at his wake in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Czar Dancel SEARCH "CZAR DRUGS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATHA woman cradles the body of her husband, who was killed on a street by a vigilante group, according to police, in a spate of drug related killings in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 23, 2016. A sign on a cardboard found near the body reads: "Pusher Ako", which translates to "I am a drug pusher." REUTERS/Czar Dancel
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Funeral workers carry the body of one of the five suspected drug pushers killed in a police operation in Quiapo city, metro Manila, Philippines July 3, 2016. REUTERS/Czar Dancel/File Photo
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The liberal group ThinkProgress argues that Trump's friendliness towards the Philippine president may have been influenced by a lucrative licensing deal of the Trump name on a new development in the capital city of Manila.

The White House has defended the invitation as an effort to combat against the threat of North Korea.

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Inmates wait to be taken from Quezon City Jail to court hearings in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A guard points at inmates gathered at the basketball court for a head count before going to sleep at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 18, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates sleep at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates dance during routine morning exercise at the court inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A religious picture is placed next to a microphone and sound system at the chapel of Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates watch a movie at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates play with a cat at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
An inmate covers his head as he passes the time inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates are handcuffed to each other as guards take them from Quezon City Jail to court hearings in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates sleep inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Inmates sleep inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates are handcuffed to each other as they are brought back from hearings to Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates have their hair cut at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates sleep inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Guards check the lists as inmates are taken from Quezon City Jail to court hearings in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A security guard checks his phone as he watches over inmates inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A tattoo is seen on the neck of an inmate in an underground cell of Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A guitar is placed inside a closet at the chapel of Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
An inmate who is about to be released wears a wristband with the name of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines late October 18, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Inmates pass the time at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
"Welcome to Hell" is written on the stairs inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A cat is tied to the leg of a sleeping inmate inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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