President Trump has bashed the US ‘dysfunctional’ immigration system and ‘fake news’ in an address at FBI’s headquarters, in which he refrained from disparaging the agency, though he had previously criticized it as “a shame.”
In his address, Trump attacked the US lottery visa immigration system, claiming other countries “give us their worst people” and he again called on Congress to replace it with a merit-based system.
The president also pledged to arrest, jail and deport MS-13 gang members. “We will throw you the hell out of the country,” he told a cheering audience of FBI cadets and veterans.
Trump also called for the death penalty for “criminals who kill police officers.”
He again attacked some media outlets as “fake news”, claiming 70 percent of media outlets fall into this category.
Despite criticizing the FBI to reporters outside the White House on his way to the event, Trump sought to reassure the law enforcement officials at HQ that they had his full support. “They’re totally under-appreciated, except by me,” Trump said, adding “you represent the best of America.”
“It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI,” he told reporters. “You have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it.”
He vowed that “we’re going to rebuild the FBI” and, after describing “really, really disgraceful” documents, which were reportedly about the revelation that two FBI agents, who were working for the Trump-Russia collusion probe, had exchanged dozens of venomous text messages on politics, including calling the then-candidate Donald Trump “a loathsome human.”