Donald Trump spoke on Thursday where he made the remark that the military will be playing an important role in immigration enforcement, calling his new immigration policy a “military operation.”
“We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country,” he said at a meeting with manufacturing CEOs. “And at a rate nobody has ever seen before. And they’re the bad ones. And it’s a military operation.”
During a press briefing following Trump’s remarks, Sean Spicer was asked what the president meant when he described his deportation push as a “military operation.”
“The president was using that as an adjective. It is happening with precision,” Spicer told reporters Thursday.
Spicer added that “the president was clearly describing the manner in which this is being done.”
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Also following Trump’s remarks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly later clarified that military troops would not be used to enforce immigration laws.
“There will be no, no use of military force in immigration,” Kelly said in Mexico City.