President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, July 15, 2019.
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President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen on Monday amid bipartisan furor over his comments that the lawmakers should “go back” to the “places from which they came.”
Speaking from the White House at an event showcasing products manufactured in the United States, Trump said that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., “hates Jews, it’s very simple” and claimed that “New York has not been the same” since Amazon opted out of moving its second headquarters to the state following activist resistance that was supported by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Trump’s tweets on Sunday were slammed as xenophobic by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and an increasing number of members of his own party have sought to distance themselves from them. Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats Monday that a draft resolution condemning the president’s tweets was in the works.
Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York. Omar was born in Somalia and became an American citizen as a teenager. The two other lawmakers the president has targeted, Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., were born in the United States. All were elected to Congress last year.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement on Monday that the president’s tweets went “way over the line” and urged him to delete them.
Trump, asked by a reporter about support for his comments from white supremacist groups, said it did not bother him.
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me. If they are not happy with the United States, they can leave,” Trump said.
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