Trump draws re­buke for ‘an­i­mals’ re­mark

StarMetro Calgary - - WORLD - Re­ac­tions to U.S. pres­i­dent’s words at thes­

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.”

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