Speaking to law enforcement officers in New York about MS-13 gang members, US President Trump referred to them as animals and pledged to destroy the gang. He told police officials not to be too nice with suspects amidst cheering. Trump asked law enforcement officers to crack down on gang violence and illegal immigration. He spoke dismissively of arresting officers who protect suspects' heads while putting them in police cars. Civil rights activists say Trump is emboldening the gang and making immigrants vulnerable.