New Video: Pres. Trump: I Will Always Call MS-13 ‘Animals’
President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Thursday afternoon during a White House meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during which a reporter asked Trump about his ‘animals’ comment in response to a question about the difficulty deporting MS-13 gang members made at a White House meeting Wednesday on California’s sanctuary laws.
Trump’s response calling the gang members “animals” was misreported by many in the media as Trump calling all immigrants or “undocumented immigrants” animals and used by liberals to smear Trump as anti-immigrant and Hitler.
Trump told the press Thursday he will always refer to MS-13 and other gangs as “animals”.
“I am referring to the MS-13 gangs that are coming in. I was talking about the MS-13 and if you look further under the tape you will see that.” President Trump clarifies “These aren’t people, these are animals”
"I am referring to the MS-13 gangs that are coming in. I was talking about the MS-13 and if you look further under the tape you will see that." President Trump clarifies "These aren't people, these are animals" comment. https://t.co/souzfNvTGc pic.twitter.com/DwupoA1YmM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 17, 2018
The RNC posted a video clip with the context of Trump’s original comments from Wednesday.
— GOP (@GOP) May 17, 2018
Q Mr. President, sir, could you clarify the context of your use of the word “animal” yesterday in referring to some people who were (inaudible) —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No. It has nothing to do with this meeting. But I’m referring — and you know I’m referring — to the MS-13 gangs that are coming in. And I was talking about the MS-13 and also — and if you look a little bit further on in the tape, you’ll see that. So I’m actually surprised you’re asking this question because most people got it right.
But I’m saying the MS-13 — you don’t have that where you come from — MS-13, these are animals. They’re coming into our country and we’re getting them out. They come in again, we’re getting them out. We need strong immigration laws. We have the weakest laws in the entire world. We have laws that are laughed at on immigration.
So 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. But we’re getting them out by the thousands. But it’s a big, dangerous job. And they’re able, in some cases, to come back in or new groups come in also from the gangs.