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Trump Coming To Long Island To Deliver Speech On MS-13 Gang

May 21, 2018 - 2:02 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/AP) -- President Donald Trump will travel to Long Island to discuss efforts to eradicate the violent MS-13 gang at an immigration event on Wednesday.
 
Long Island Congressman Pete King's office says the president will speak at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage.
 
During a roundtable with local California officials last week, Trump raised eyebrows when he used the word "animals'' to describe some people who enter the country illegally, in response to a comment about MS-13.

"We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we're stopping a lot of them," Trump said after Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims complained about state restrictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals."

The president has doubled down on his rhetoric, saying he will continue to use the term in referring to the gang.

On Thursday he said, "MS-13, these are animals coming onto our country. 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."

And on Friday, he tweeted: "I referred to MS 13 Gang Members as 'Animals,' a big difference - and so true. Fake News got it purposely wrong, as usual!"

The White House also released a fact sheet Monday morning, titled, "What You Need To Know About The Violent Animals Of MS-13.''

Trump has repeatedly referred to members of the violent street gang as "animals" in speeches, rallies and at White House events. He has also used the term to describe terrorists and school shooters.
 
Trump traveled to Suffolk County Community College last July to discuss the gang before law enforcement officials.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)