Under the Radar

Sound Off: President Trump's 'Military' Operation


At a White House meeting with business leaders on Thursday, President Trump talked about his administration's roundup of undocumented immigrants.

"You see what's happening at the border. All of a sudden for the first time, we're getting gang members out. We're getting drug lords out. We're getting really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before.

And they're the bad ones. And it's a military operation, because what has been allowed to come into our country, when you see gang violence that you've read about like never before, and all of the things -- much of that is people that are here illegally. And they're rough and they're tough, but they' not tough like our people."

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to clarify those comments soon after, saying that the President meant that the operations were being carried out "in a very streamlined and efficient manner."

"The president was using that as an adjective. It's happening with precision and in a manner in which it's being done very, very clearly. And so just to be clear on his use of that phrase and I think the way it's being done by all accounts is being done with very much a high degree of precision, and in a flawless manner."

Later in the day, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told reporters in Mexico City that there will be “no use of military force in immigration operations, none.”

One of President Trump's strengths has been his ability to communicate with voters using informal language. Now that he's the leader of the free world and dealing with governments around the world that don't share out command of colloquial English, should he be more careful?

Does President Trump need to be more precise with his language? Or do you think everyone understood what he meant when he used "military" as an adjective? Should we actually use the real military to round up illegal immigrants? Sound off!

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