(Update: President Trump, still annoyed about this on Friday morning, tweeted: "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!")
(CNSNews.com) -- After a reporter asked why President Donald Trump yesterday described "some immigrants" as "animals," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confimred that Trump was "clearly referring to MS-13 gang members" and that his term "animal" did not go far enough, and she hopes that he will do all he can to "stop these types of horrible, horrible, disgusting people."
At Thursday's press briefing, CBS's Steven Portnoy said, “I just want to ask you because so many people around the country have been talking about it in the last 24 hours. What did the president mean when he said some immigrants are not people, they’re animals?"
Press Secretary Sanders said, “The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members, who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws."
"This is one of the most vicious, deadly gangs that operates by the motto rape, control, and kill," she said. "If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to."
"Frankly, I don’t think the term the president used was strong enough," said Sanders. "MS-13 has done heinous acts. It took an animal to stab a man a hundred times, decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex trafficking with a bat 28 times, indenting part of her body."
"And it took an animal to kidnap, drug, and rape a 14-year-old Houston girl," she said.
"Frankly, I don’t think the term animal goes far enough," said Sanders, "and I think the president should continue to use his platform and everything he can do under the law to stop these types of horrible, horrible disgusting people.”