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President Trump pledges to destroy violent MS-13 gang

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Posted at 2:33 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 16:13:15-04

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump is pledging to "destroy" the violent MS-13 street gang and other similar organizations.

He says he's more focused on MS-13 because it is "particularly violent." Trump says MS-13's members don't like to shoot their victims because death comes too fast. He says MS-13 members prefer to knife and cut their victims, so they die slowly and more painfully.

Trump says of MS-13: "These are animals."

The president addressed law enforcement officials and relatives of crime victims in Brentwood, in Suffolk County, New York, where MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, has committed a string of gruesome murders, including the April killing of four young men.