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USA: White House backtracks Trump's comment that deportations are 'a military operation'03:56

USA: White House backtracks Trump's comment that deportations are 'a military operation'

United States, Washington D.C
February 23, 2017 at 15:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer clarified that there will be no 'military operation' to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S, after President Trump used the term during a meeting with officials earlier that day. Speaking in Washington D.C on Thursday, Spicer said that Trump was using the phrase as an adjective, in order to illustrate, the "high degree of precision" and "flawless manner", in which orders are executed.

Earlier in the day, in a meeting with manufacturing CEOs, Trump referred to the removal of illegal immigrants as a "military operation, because what has been allowed to come into our country, when you see gang violence, and you've read about like never before all of the things, much of that is people that are here illegally, and they're rough and they're tough, but they're not tough like our people. So we're getting them out."

During the press conference, Spicer explained that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had met with Mexican governmental officials earlier in the day. He reported, "The [Mexican and US] parties also reiterated our joint commitment to maintaining law and order at our shared border, by stopping potential terrorists and dismantling the transnational criminal networks that are moving drugs and people into the United States," adding, "Under this president there is no mistaking the rule of law matters along both sides of our border."

On the repeal of the transgender bathroom policy, enforced by the former US President Barack Obama, a part of Title IX, Spicer stressed, "There was no comment period by anyone by the human rights campaign, by teachers, parents, students; nobody had any input on this," stating that Trump, "believes that this is a state issue, that needs to be addressed by states."

Finally in regards to the Federal Government's action against recreational use of marijuana, Spicer stated, "I do believe that you will see greater enforcement of it," stressing that, "there is a big difference between the medical use."

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer clarified that there will be no 'military operation' to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S, after President Trump used the term during a meeting with officials earlier that day. Speaking in Washington D.C on Thursday, Spicer said that Trump was using the phrase as an adjective, in order to illustrate, the "high degree of precision" and "flawless manner", in which orders are executed.

Earlier in the day, in a meeting with manufacturing CEOs, Trump referred to the removal of illegal immigrants as a "military operation, because what has been allowed to come into our country, when you see gang violence, and you've read about like never before all of the things, much of that is people that are here illegally, and they're rough and they're tough, but they're not tough like our people. So we're getting them out."

During the press conference, Spicer explained that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had met with Mexican governmental officials earlier in the day. He reported, "The [Mexican and US] parties also reiterated our joint commitment to maintaining law and order at our shared border, by stopping potential terrorists and dismantling the transnational criminal networks that are moving drugs and people into the United States," adding, "Under this president there is no mistaking the rule of law matters along both sides of our border."

On the repeal of the transgender bathroom policy, enforced by the former US President Barack Obama, a part of Title IX, Spicer stressed, "There was no comment period by anyone by the human rights campaign, by teachers, parents, students; nobody had any input on this," stating that Trump, "believes that this is a state issue, that needs to be addressed by states."

Finally in regards to the Federal Government's action against recreational use of marijuana, Spicer stated, "I do believe that you will see greater enforcement of it," stressing that, "there is a big difference between the medical use."

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