President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE blasted the “Fake News Media” in an early morning tweet on Friday after some media outlets corrected reports that he called illegal immigrants “animals.”
Trump drew criticism after saying during a roundtable discussion with California officials that some gang members that entered the U.S. illegally are “animals.” Some news outlets reported on the comment without noting that he was referring specifically to MS-13 gang members, rather than all immigrants who are in the country without legal status.
“Fake News Media had me calling Immigrants, or Illegal Immigrants, ‘Animals.’ Wrong!” he tweeted. “They were begrudgingly forced to withdraw their stories. I referred to MS 13 Gang Members as ‘Animals,’ a big difference - and so true. Fake News got it purposely wrong, as usual!”
Fake News Media had me calling Immigrants, or Illegal Immigrants, “Animals.” Wrong! They were begrudgingly forced to withdraw their stories. I referred to MS 13 Gang Members as “Animals,” a big difference - and so true. Fake News got it purposely wrong, as usual!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
The Associated Press deleted a tweet about the comment, saying that it “wasn’t made clear” that the president was referring to gang members at the time.
AP has deleted a tweet from late Wednesday on Trump’s “animals” comment about immigrants because it wasn’t made clear that he was speaking after a comment about gang members.— The Associated Press (@AP) May 17, 2018
Several other major news outlets, including The New York Times, CBS, CNN, NBC and ABC also did not note that Trump was referring to MS-13 gang members in initial tweets about the story.
CNN wrote a second tweet explaining that the context was included in its article about the comment, and that Trump’s remarks were “in response to comments about members of MS-13 and other undocumented immigrants who are deported for committing crimes.”
As reported in the article above, Trump’s remarks late Wednesday were in response to comments about members of MS-13 and other undocumented immigrants who are deported for committing crimes.— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2018
White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayPennsylvania Republican David McCormick launches Senate campaign McCormick drawing support from Trump alumni ahead of Pennsylvania Senate bid Christie says Trump, Meadows should have warned him of positive COVID-19 test MORE said that those criticizing Trump for the comment without the full story owe Trump “an apology.”