FILE PHOTO: Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) questions Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell throughout a Home Monetary Providers Committee listening to on “Financial Coverage and the State of the Economic system” in Washington, U.S. July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday instructed a bunch of largely American-born Democratic congresswomen to “return and assist repair the completely damaged and crime infested locations from which they got here,” a remark that was condemned by Democrats as racist.
“So attention-grabbing to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who initially got here from international locations whose governments are a whole and complete disaster… viciously telling the folks of the US… how our authorities is to be run,” Trump stated in a sequence of three feedback on Twitter.
Whereas he didn’t point out names, Trump gave the impression to be referring to first-year Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – a bunch generally known as “the squad” that has been very important of Trump and in addition of the present Democratic management of the Home.
Solely Omar, whose household left Somalia as refugees and arrived in Minneapolis in 1997, was born exterior the US.
“Mr. President, the nation I ‘come from,’ and the nation all of us swear to, is the US,” Ocasio-Cortez, like Trump a local of New York Metropolis, responded on Twitter. “You might be offended as a result of you’ll be able to’t conceive of an America that features us. You depend on a frightened America to your plunder.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has feuded with the group in an more and more bitter intra-party battle, however got here to their protection Sunday together with different Democratic colleagues. She referred to as Trump’s feedback “xenophobic.”
“When @realDonaldTrump tells 4 American Congresswomen to return to their international locations, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Nice Once more’ has all the time been about making America white once more,” she stated on Twitter.
“Do I match into the President’s class?” U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on Illinois, stated on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” mentioning his household’s Lithuanian heritage.
“Thanks goodness,” he stated of Omar’s journey from refugee to considered one of solely two Muslim ladies elected to Congress, together with Tlaib, a local of Detroit. “That’s what America holds as a dream. The president shouldn’t diminish it.”
Reporting by Howard Schneider; Enhancing by Mary Milliken, Rosalba O’Brien and Daniel Wallis