White House defends Trump's use of 'animals' to portray gang members

MS-13 members are indeed ‘animals

King (R-Seaford) said he has been working with the White House on the event, which is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage.

Mr. Trump made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting with California municipal leaders, who support his goal of making the USA border impervious to illegal immigration. Trump was speaking at a roundtable with local California officials when he responded to a comment that referenced MS-13.

US President Donald Trump described some migrants as "animals" Wednesday, in a charged discussion about the border wall and law enforcement.

Mexico's foreign ministry sent a formal diplomatic letter to the US State Department complaining that Trump's remarks were "absolutely unacceptable".

"Comparing any person to an animal, regardless of criminal record or immigration status.is an invitation to violate human rights, to hate, to xenophobic rhetoric, and that is something that can not be accepted", he told Mexican TV network Televisa.

Trump said on Thursday he was referring to violent gang members when he made his remark, and that he'd continue using similar rhetoric when describing such individuals.

"Our courts are the main point of contact for millions of the most vulnerable Californians in times of anxiety, stress and crises in their lives", she said.




WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas, parents of children who were murdered by MS-13 watch as U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.

"The term "animal" doesn't go far enough", she said.

Asked about the remarks, Mr. Trump said on Thursday they had been taken out of context.

"This is your Republican resistance right here against what they're doing in California", said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, coopting a term used by Democrats opposed to Trump's presidency.

The president insisted he was referring to MS-13 gang members as animals, and not all immigrants, and attacked his critics in the media. Trump was talking to a room full of people about immigration. "We need strong immigration laws.We have laws that are laughed at on immigration", he said. He claimed those laws are forcing "the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers, gang members and violent predators into your communities" and providing "safe harbour to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth". "We, the citizens of the fifth-largest economy in the world, are not impressed", Brown said in a statement. We have laws that are laughed at on immigration.

During a Cabinet Room meeting with the head of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Thursday, Trump emphasized that he specifically meant the gang.

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