WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday portrayed Mexico as a poor ally in a meeting with local California officials devoted to illegal immigration, maintaining that the country “does nothing for us.”
Trump made his remarks at a round-table discussion in the White House Cabinet Room that reporters were invited to attend.
“Mexico talks but they do nothing for us, especially at the border,” Trump said. “They certainly don’t help us much on trade, but especially at the border they do nothing for us.”
At one point, as the discussion turned to gang members, Trump touted his record in expelling people from the country. “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country,” he said.” “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are,” Trump continued. “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.”
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