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Trump Owed Apology From Media About 'Animals' Comment Taken Out of Context, Conway Says

The media owes President Donald Trump an apology for rushing to label his description of MS-13 gang members as “animals” instead of reporting the context of the comment, according to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Thursday.

Conway was responding to numerous media outlets reporting Trump had called immigrants “animals” while he engaged in an exchange with a California sheriff about the limitations placed on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in apprehending immigrants.

“Others who rushed to judgment to get the President rather than to get the story owe @POTUS - and the grieving loved ones who have lost family members to gang violence - an apology,” Conway tweeted.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims expounded on how difficult it is for ICE to work against members of the deadly gang under the agency’s current protocols, and Trump agreed.

“You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. 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,” Trump responded, using a term he’s employed for MS-13 many times before.

However, numerous media outlets appeared to take the president’s comment out of context, according to Mediaite. Major networks like CNN, NBC News and others shared clips of Trump’s quote, but not Mims’ preceding comments.

The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment on the coverage Trump received.

Trump has lambasted the media for what he’s described as unfair or “fake news” coverage many times throughout his three-year political career.

On Tuesday, Trump lamented the “Fake News Media” for its “made up, unsourced stories” regarding how his approval ratings appeared to be at their highest over the last year.

“Can you believe that with all of the made up, unsourced stories I get from the Fake News Media, together with the $10,000,000 Russian Witch Hunt (there is no Collusion), I now have my best Poll Numbers in a year. Much of the Media may be corrupt, but the People truly get it! ” the president tweeted.