CNN, AP Update Tweets Saying Trump Called Immigrants 'Animals,' Clarify He Meant MS-13

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Posted: May 17, 2018 2:45 PM
CNN, AP Update Tweets Saying Trump Called Immigrants 'Animals,' Clarify He Meant MS-13

The Associated Press had to delete a tweet Thursday that portrayed President Trump’s remarks during a meeting Wednesday as referring to illegal immigrants generally rather than violent MS-13 gang members. CNN updated a tweet that quoted the remarks without the context that they were about MS-13 although the article linked in the original tweet did provide that context.

President Trump said “these aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before,” Wednesday in response to remarks about MS-13.

The New York Times has yet to issue any sort of correction or clarification despite tweeting out a story that the remarks were about illegal immigrants, not just MS-13. President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., called them out Thursday.

“The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter our country illegally,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday.

“If liberals and the media want to defend MS-13 they are welcome to,” she added.

Several Democratic lawmakers did not update tweets expressing outrage over Trump's remarks despite the clarification that they were about MS-13.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect that CNN did provide the full context that Trump's remarks were about MS-13 in the story linked in their original tweet.