"You think the country is giving us their best people? No."
The president spoke at the FBI Academy in Quantico.
“It’s apples and oranges,” said the Justice Department statistician who wrote the report, explaining why it's incorrect to compare the 2015 and 2016 violent crime rates.
The data was not interpreted as a decrease by anti-marijuana groups, who said use remained higher in legal states than the rest of the U.S.
“Transnational gangs like MS-13 have taken advantage of our porous southern border and previously lax immigration law enforcement,” Sessions said.
“The train has left the station for marijuana reform...the American public demands it,” Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) told Newsweek.
Immigrants are now more fearful of the law enforcement agency than the gang.
Federal and state laws concerning the drug are at odds.
Eric Holder suggested the president needs to stop "berating" Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an interview Friday.
Senator Chris Coons is calling for a hearing into Dana Boente’s abrupt resignation.
Speaking at a Federalist Society event, he said, “Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room?”
“He's been telling people in Alabama he's not interested,” a Justice Department source told Newsweek.
The Justice Department sent out letters to 29 cities, counties, and states on Wednesday warning that they are breaking the law.
The attorney general has long been an opponent of cannabis legalization.
House Judiciary Committee Democrats say they will force Sessions to reveal more about Russia meetings.
Desiree Fairooz wrote on Twitter that "Guess they've got enough 'laughing' matters to deal with!"
The attorney general’s comments came as President Donald Trump has repeatedly linked the ISIS-inspired terror attack in Manhattan to the need for tougher immigration policies.
Attorney General Sessions said he has authorized federal prosecutors to investigate members of the international MS-13 gang with all lawful tools.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder criticizes the Trump administration's stance on crime, sentencing, private prisons and drugs.