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Sean Spicer: Trump 'Misspoke' on Deportations as 'Military Operation'

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a daily briefing (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 04:25 PM

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that President Donald Trump "misspoke" when he told business leaders that his deportation efforts were a "military operation."

"The president was using that as an adjective," Spicer told reporters at the daily White House press briefing. "It's being done with precision.

"The president was describing the manner in which this was being done," he added. "Just to be clear, on his use of that phrase."

In a meeting with manufacturing chief executives at the White House, Trump said that "we're getting really bad dudes out of this country — and at a rate that nobody has ever seen before.

"They're really the bad ones," he added. "It's a military operation."

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said shortly thereafter in Mexico City that "no, repeat, no use of military force in immigration operations.

"I repeat, there will be no use of military forces in immigration," he told reporters. "At least half of you try to get that right, because it continually comes up in the reporting."

Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Mexican officials on various national security issues.

In Washington, Spicer said the effort to remove illegals "is being done with a high degree of precision and a flawless manner, in terms of making sure that the orders are carried out and it's done in a very streamlined and efficient manner."

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that President Donald Trump "misspoke" when he told business leaders that his deportation efforts were a military operation.
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