WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his assaults towards 4 Democratic congresswomen, saying he was not involved if folks thought his tweets towards them had been racist and accused the U.S. lawmakers of hating America.
“So far as I’m involved in the event you hate our nation, in the event you’re not blissful right here, you may depart,” Trump mentioned at an occasion on the White Home.
The occasion was meant to spotlight U.S. manufacturing, with Trump viewing boats, bikes and different merchandise that had been made in the USA, however his feedback concerning the lawmakers overshadowed the occasion.
“If you happen to’re not blissful within the U.S., in the event you’re complaining on a regular basis, very merely: you may depart,” he mentioned, drawing applause from a number of the crowd. “You may depart proper now. I don’t know who’s going to overlook ‘em.”
Requested if he was involved that some folks considered his tweets as racist or that white supremacists had discovered widespread trigger with him, Trump mentioned it didn’t.
“It doesn’t concern me as a result of many individuals agree with me,” Trump mentioned.
Over the weekend Trump mentioned in a tweet that the 4 first-term minority congresswomen, recognized informally in Congress as “the squad,” ought to “return” to the “the completely damaged and crime infested locations from which they got here.”
Reporting by Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey; Modifying by Invoice Trott