White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPoll from conservative group shows tight governor's race in Virginia Psaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle MORE said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE is owed an apology from those who criticized him for calling undocumented immigrants "animals," noting that he was specifically referring to gang members.
Others who rushed to judgment to get the President rather than to get the story owe @POTUS - and the grieving loved ones who have lost family members to gang violence - an apology. https://t.co/vLU4SgKpux— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) May 17, 2018
Trump hosted a roundtable discussion with California officials on Wednesday, decrying the country’s immigration laws and condemning some gang members who are in the country illegally.
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, 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," Trump said to the California officials who oppose the state's "sanctuary city" laws.
“These aren’t people. These are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a rate that’s never happened before," Trump added.
Trump was responding to Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, who expressed frustration over how the state’s sanctuary city laws have limited the ability of local law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration laws, specifically in regards to the MS-13 gang.
Conway retweeted CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s tweet outlining the context of the comment during the roundtable.
Here is the full context of President Trump’s “animals” comment during the immigration/sanctuary city roundtable, which came as a Sheriff was complaining about restrictions placed on ICE databases, and MS-13 gang members. pic.twitter.com/sI9uWXr1Sc— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 17, 2018