President Trump: “I Will Keep Calling Migrant Gang Members ‘Animals'”
US President Donald Trump is defending his use of the word “Animals” to describe some immigrants who enter the country illegally, saying he would continue to use the term to refer to violent gang members despite erroneous “Fake News Media” coverage and a rebuke from Democrats.
Early Friday, President Trump issued a Tweet expanding on the issue, which first arose Thursday, blaming the media for getting “it purposely wrong, as usual!”
Answering a reporter’s question during a meeting Thursday with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, President Trump said comments he made Wednesday about “animals coming into this country” had clearly been directed at members of the MS-13 gang.
“MS-13, these are animals coming onto our country,” Trump said, repeating his language from Wednesday. “When the MS-13 comes in, when the other gang members come into our country, I refer to them as animals. And guess what? I always will.”
President Trump was speaking at a roundtable with local California officials when he responded to a comment that had referenced MS-13.
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them,” Trump said after Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims complained about state restrictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the President’s comments, arguing the word “Animals” did not go far enough.
“This is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs that operates by the motto of, ‘Rape, control and kill,'” she said. “If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to. Frankly, I don’t think the term that the president used was strong enough.”
President Trump was joined at Wednesday’s White House meeting by mayors, sheriffs and other local leaders from California who oppose the state’s immigration policies and who applauded his administration’s hard-line efforts.
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