Boris Johnson, the UK's likely next leader, calls Trump's tweets 'totally unacceptable'

Wednesday, 17 Jul, 2019

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ocasio-Cortez of NY, said the president's words echoed white nationalist talking points, but also expressed a desire to move on.

A vote on the resolution - the language reads "a resolution condemning President Trump's racist comments directed at Members of Congress" - will put Republicans on the record about whether they condone Trump describing four congresswomen as unworthy to serve in office due to their non-European ancestry.

At a news conference with her three colleagues, Ms Pressley referred to Mr Trump as "the occupant of our White House" instead of president.

"These are people that hate our country", he said of the four lawmakers. The president denies any kind of prejudice and has claimed several times to be "the least racist person you've ever met".

He saved the heavy guns for Omar, however, accusing the Somali-American congresswoman of anti-Semitism and support for Al-Qaeda terrorists.

When asked about the "perception" that President Trump's tweet was racist - when he told Reps.

He did not name those women, but it was obvious he was referring to Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic representatives from Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, and NY, respectively.

Moulton said Trump's latest rants are yet another reason the House should be holding impeachment hearings.

"The administration is welcoming of all nationalities into the United States", he said.

Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who faces a potentially tough reelection alongside Trump in 2020, called the president's comment "way over the line". Although he didn't name individuals, the president alluded to four Democratic Congresswomen nicknamed "the Squad".

On Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he thought "everybody ought to tone down their rhetoric" and focus on issues, but he stopped short of condemning Trump's remarks. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up.

"My view is that what was said and what was tweeted was destructive, was demeaning, was disunifying, and frankly it was very wrong", said Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah.

Cohen said whatever the House does should not be "watered down" to try to lure House Republicans into voting for it. On Monday, he said that Trump had "interjected with unacceptable personal attacks and racially offensive language" in his tweets about the lawmakers. He said "they are entitled to their opinions, however misguided they may be".

Lower-ranking members of the Republican Party were, however, more direct. On Monday, he advised the president to "aim higher" during an appearance on Fox News.

By Monday, as the White House sought to smooth Trump's tweets, the president doubled-down and said it was up to the women to apologize for "their terrible & disgusting actions!" That's what I say all the time.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain's Theresa May also expressed disapproval.

President Donald Trump's comments on Twitter are again stirring controversy. They are socialist, they're anti-Semitic, they stand for all the things that most Americans disagree with.

Four congresswomen President Donald Trump targeted in a series of tweets over the weekend described his comments as a "blatantly racist" distraction Monday.

Three of the women were born in the USA and one, Ms Omar, was born in Somalia but came to the United States as a child.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Trump's comments were "not OK, and diplomatic politeness should not stop us saying so, loudly and clearly". The language he used called on a well-established racist trope of telling citizens from minority backgrounds to "go home". "It's sickening, it's embarrassing", Biden said. "If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!" the president tweeted Tuesday morning.

The vote on the House resolution would force Republicans either to vote against their party's leader, who has strong support among conservatives, or effectively defend him.