President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration has just concluded what he called a “historic operation” that resulted in the arrest and indictment of dozens of MS-13 international gang members and leaders across the country.
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Trump said the effort is part of an “all out campaign to destroy MS-13, a vile and evil gang of people.”
The president said he’d have more information in an announcement next week but he said the arrests included an indictment of a MS-13 leader from Virginia on terrorism charges; the first time such charges have been brought against a gang leader. The Department of Justice is expected to seek the death penalty against at least one of the leaders.
“We believe the monsters who murder children should be put to death,” Trump said. “These people murder children and they do it as slowly and viciously as possible. We will not allow these animals to terrorize our communities. And my administration will not rest until every member of MS 13 is brought to justice.”
Attorney General Bill Barr called MS-13 a “death cult,” saying its members are driven by the “honor of being the most savage, bloodthirsty person you can be and building up a reputation as a killer.”
As the press was escorted out of the room, President Trump was asked again about his relationship with the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Trump insisted anew that he gets along “very well” with Dr. Fauci, adding “I have a very good relationship.”