ICE Director Tom Homan ripped into critics of the president's "animals" remark that he used to describe MS-13

"You've got the backs of law enforcement," Homan told President Trump at an event in Nassau County, N.Y. on combating the MS-13 threat. 

Homan keyed into remarks from several Democrats and members of the media who took issue with Trump calling members of the murderous MS-13 gang "animals."

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"I know you’ve been taking a hit on your comments about animals and MS-13. But, I think you’re being kind. Animals kill for survival, MS-13 kills for sport," Homan said.

Homan said arrests of MS-13 members have "doubled" under Trump's leadership.

In his own remarks, Trump noted that he is well-versed in the serious gang problems afflicting several towns in Long Island, referencing his childhood home being in nearby Jamaica, Queens.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and New York Rep. Peter King of nearby Seaford also spoke at the event.

The panel was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other local leaders including Republican U.S. Reps. Dan Donovan of Staten Island and Lee Zeldin of Shirley.

Connell McShane reported that the congressman who represented the area Trump visited Wednesday, Democrat Thomas Suozzi, never received an invitation but would taken part in the forum if he had.

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