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US President Donald Trump defended his use of the word "animals" against some illegal immigrants, asserting that he would continue to use the term to refer to violent gang members.

Fox took issue with Trump's remarks during an immigration roundtable, where the President blamed Democrats for immigration laws that he said meant "we have to break up families".

"These aren't people. These are animals, and we're taking them out of the country at a rate that's never happened before", he added.

Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo argued that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders "lied" about the MS-13 context, because "Trump clearly was not referring only to MS-13 gang members".

CBS' Steven Portnoy and many of his industry peers found themselves on the receiving end of a rebuke by Mrs. Sanders this week after a question regarding Mr. Trump's labeling of MS-13 members as "animals".

Last month Pena Nieto also ordered a sweeping review of Mexico's cooperation with the USA, including in the vital areas of security and trade, after Trump ordered thousands of National Guard troops to the border following media reports on a caravan of Central American migrants crossing Mexico toward the United States. "And guess what? I always will", Trump told reporters at the White House.

This isn't to say Trump is a saint, or that he hasn't made inappropriate (to say the least) comments in the past. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are.

Trump has been under fire for comments he made Wednesday while railing against California for its sanctuary immigration policies.

"There could be an MS-13 member I know about - if they don't have a certain threshold, I cannot tell [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] about it", Mims said.

Legend then received a bit of backlash over his comments by Twitter users who thought the singer was defending the actions of MS-13 members, or "comparing violent gang members to innocent children".

"MS-13 - these are animals".

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.

MS-13's motto is "rape, control, kill" as Sanders noted in her response to the reporter before stating, "Frankly, I think that the term "animal" doesn't go far enough".

Ernest Marshall, another CNN contributor, attacked Trump based on the false meme that the President called white supremacists in Charlottesville "very fine people". "It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. And it took an animal to kidnap and rape a 13-year-old Houston girl".

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