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Trump defends 'animals' remark, says will continue to use it

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US today defended his use of the controversial word "animals" to describe some illegal immigrants, asserting that he will continue to use it for members of the deadly transnational gang despite facing flak from the Democratic leaders.

Trump clarified that he had used the term "animals" to refer to the members of the gang, an international criminal gang that originated in the US in the 1980s and later spread to Canada, and Central

Most of its members are of Central American origin, principally

"MS-13, these are animals coming onto our country. When the comes in, when the other gang members come into our country, I refer to them as animals. And guess what? I always will," Trump told reporters at the

"We are 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," he said.

Trump made the controversial remark yesterday during a roundtable with law enforcement officials from

"We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in - and we're stopping a lot of them - but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals," Trump said, triggering a torrent of condemnation from the lawmakers.

"When all of our great-great-grandparents came to they weren't 'animals,' and these people aren't either," tweeted.

"Every day that you think you've seen it all, along comes another manifestation of why their policies are so inhumane," said.

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

Trump also blamed the US' "dumbest laws" for the influx of illegal immigrants in the country.

The also defended Trump's remarks today, saying the use of the word "animals" for the "deadly" gang members was "the least that describes them".

"The was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws," told reporters.

MS-13 as one of the "most vicious and deadly" gangs that operate by the motto of rape, control and kill, she said if the media and liberals wanted to defend the gang, they were "more than welcome".

"Frankly, I don't think the term that the used was strong enough. MS-13 has done heinous acts," she said.

"It took an animal to stab a man a hundred times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman - they were sex trafficking - with a bat 28 times, indenting part of her body.

"And it took an animal to kidnap, drug, and rape a 14-year-old girl. Frankly, I think that the term "animal" doesn't go far enough," Sanders said.

"I think that the President should continue to use his platform and everything he can do under the law to stop these types of horrible, horrible, disgusting people," she said.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 13:30 IST