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White House: Trump 'Animals' Comment Referred to MS-13, Not Immigrants

The White House says President Trump's remark about animals was about gang members, not all illegal immigrants. The White House says President Trump's remark about animals was about gang members, not all illegal immigrants. |  Photo: White House

Created: May 17, 2018 01:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she doesn't think President Donald Trump went far enough when he described some people who enter the country illegally as "animals."

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Sanders was responding to the fury raised by Trump's comments during an immigration roundtable at the White House on Wednesday.

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.

And she says that, "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."

Trump had said in response to a comment from a California sheriff: "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals."

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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