Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Blasts Trump Over 'Animals' Comment

Did Trump just call illegal immigrants ‘animals

President Donald Trump made headlines on Wednesday (May 16) after calling some people deported from the United States "animals" during a discussion on California's "sanctuary" law.

"Frankly, I think that the term animal doesn't go far enough", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters a day after Trump drew criticism for his comments during a meeting with law enforcement officials. "These aren't people, these are animals, and we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before", the New York Times quoting Trump as saying on Wednesday.

The comment came when a California sheriff noted her county is unable to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement when an MS-13 gang member is jailed for a minor crime. She said the media is entitled to defend MS-13 if they want, but a term like "animal" doesn't go almost far enough to describe members of a gang whose motto is "rape, control, kill". Trump blamed the influx of illegal immigrants in the United States on the country's "dumbest laws".

Mexico, which has bristled at being on the receiving end of some of Trump's harshest rhetoric, condemned the comment.

"I want to ask you [this question] because so many people around the country are talking about it over the past 24 hours".

Mr. Trump made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting with California municipal leaders, who support his goal of making the USA border impervious to illegal immigration. A WLJA report from February of this year described an MS-13 leader who pimped out a number of underage girls from different states. She, like others, said the president and his policies were far more popular in the state than people realise.

"I'm referring to the MS-13 gangs that are coming in".

"This is your Republican resistance right here against what they're doing in California", said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, coopting a term used by Democrats opposed to Trump's presidency.

Wiener's office said some attorneys have been revealing the immigration status of victims or witnesses who come forward to participate in court cases, even when it's not relevant, creating a "chilling effect" that can prevent others from coming forward.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best", he said when he launched his presidential campaign in June 2015. "If they don't reach a certain threshold, I can't tell ICE about it". "These aren't people. These are animals", Trump said, triggering a torrent of condemnation from the lawmakers.

Sanders responded 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".

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