Trump draws rebuke for ‘animals’ remark
WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended 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 in spite of a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders.
Answering a reporter’s question during a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump
said his comment a day earlier 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
He added: “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.”