- President Donald Trump of the United States has denied calling all immigrants animals
- Trump took to Twitter to make clarifications on his comment
- He said that fake news media misquoted him, adding that he referred to members of MS 13 gang as animals
United States president, Donald Trump, has denied calling all immigrants animals and clarified his statements following intense criticism.
Trump made the denial in a tweet, in which he said "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!"
See tweet below:
Recall that President Trump was reported to have made the statement after reports that the United States was planning to separate children of migrants from their parents and have them detained in warehouses on military bases.
He was reported to have said: "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them. We’re taking people out of the country; you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are.
"These aren’t people, these are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level, at a rate, that’s never happened before."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Donald Trump's reported remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and other African nations as "s***hole countries" was considered racist by a UN human rights official, Rupert Coleville.
Reacting to Trump’s statement, Coleville said: "If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. There is no other word you can use but 'racist'.
"This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia."
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