Police cheer as Trump tells them to be 'rough' with suspects

A crowd of police officers in New York have cheered US President Donald Trump, after he told them to be "rough" with suspects.

Mr Trump was speaking to officers at a community college on Long Island about criminal gang MS-13.

"When you see these towns, and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon-you just see them thrown in, rough," he told the crowd at Suffolk County Community College.

"I said, 'Please don't be too nice.' Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head - the way you put the hand over, like don't hit their head, and they've just killed somebody. Don't hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?"

The remarks were met with cheers, but the police department later tweeted that it does not "and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners".

In the same speech, Mr Trump defended filling his cabinet with "rich" people, saying he wants people "who made a lot of money".

"They'll say that's not politically correct, you're not allowed to have rough people doing this kind of work. We have to get - just like they don't want to have rich people at the head of Treasury.

"Like, I want a rich guy at the head of Treasury. I want a rich guy at the head of Commerce because we've been screwed so badly on trade deals. I want people who made a lot of money for our country."

The MS-13 gang has been linked to people smuggling, murders, child prostitution, racketeering and drugs. A 2005 National Geographic documentary on MS-13 called them the "world's most dangerous gang".