The Latest: WH says Trump referring to MS-13, not immigrants

The Latest on President Trump and his remarks at an immigration roundtable at the White House (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she doesn’t think President Donald Trump went far enough when he described some people who enter the country illegally as “animals.”

Sanders was responding to the fury raised by Trump’s comments during an immigration roundtable at the White House on Wednesday.

She says the president was “very clearly referring” to members of the violent MS-13 street gang who enter the country illegally in his remarks.

And she says that, “if the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to. Frankly, I don’t think the term that the president used was strong enough.”

Trump had said in response to a comment from a California sheriff: “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.”

8:26 a.m.

President Donald Trump is drawing criticism after referring to some people who cross the border illegally as “animals.”

Trump’s remark at a meeting on Wednesday was in response to a comment about MS-13 gang members.

During the White House roundtable discussion on immigration, Trump said, “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded on Twitter, saying, “When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren’t “animals,” and these people aren’t either.”

The focus of the roundtable meeting was a California law that took effect this year that bars police from asking people about their immigration status or from helping federal agents with immigration enforcement. Trump and Republicans have railed against that law.

This article provided by NewsEdge.