Trump on 'animals' comment: 'I'm referring to the MS-13 gangs'

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"You wouldn't believe how bad these people are", the president said during the session.

"These aren't people, these are animals", she repeatedly solemnly. We're getting them out", Trump said, "We need strong immigration laws. "But I'm saying the MS-13".

Trump made the controversial remark during a roundtable with law enforcement officials from California. A law that forces the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers, gang members, and violent predators into your communities.

President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his characterization of unauthorized immigrants associated with MS-13, stating he will "always" refer to them as "animals". "It's easy to dismiss what Trump said as nonsense. but there is a long tradition of entire groups of people being likened to animals before [and] during periods of mass violence against them", tweeted author Clint Smith, pointing to the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide.

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Giuliani told CNN and Fox News on Wednesday that Mueller's team had accepted a longstanding, though never tested Justice Department legal interpretation that a sitting president is immune from indictment.

The New York Times, on the other hand, is sticking to its story. It was repeated by many others, including USA Today and the Washington Post. The forum would coincide with a campaign fundraiser Trump is scheduled to headline in Manhattan Wednesday evening, according to a campaign email sent to his supporters last week.

She says the president was "very clearly referring" to members of the violent MS-13 street gang who enter the country illegally in his remarks.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was referring to criminal gangs when he called some illegal immigrants "animals", a term the Mexican government labelled as unacceptable and which drew rebukes on social media. "Frankly, I think the term animal doesn't go far enough, and I think that the President should continue to use his platform and everything he can do under the law to stop these types of terrible, horrible disgusting people".

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Trump has lambasted the media for what he's described as unfair or "fake news" coverage many times throughout his three-year political career. We're looking to bring them in.

"Calling people animals is not a good thing", she concluded.

And, as president, Trump has been criticized by some for hardline immigration policies, which includes a sharp increase in undocumented immigrants without criminal backgrounds. "We, the citizens of the fifth-largest economy in the world, are not impressed", Brown said in a statement.

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