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President Donald Trump says his tweets about congresswomen were not racist despite massive backlash
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President Donald Trump says his tweets about congresswomen were not racist despite massive backlash

Not backing down

President Donald Trump addressed the growing backlash to remarks he made about a small group of freshman Democratic congresswomen.

What's a brief history here?

On Sunday, Trump suggested on Twitter that progressive congresswomen should "go back" to countries they "originally came from." Although the president did not name names, the tweets were most likely directed at Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).

In a series of tweets, Trump said, "So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run."

Many people accused the president of racism in making his remarks, and he was widely condemned. To note, just one of the aforementioned congresswomen was actually born outside of the U.S. Omar was born in Somalia but fled to the United States in 1997 with her family.

You can read even more on the background of this story here.

What is he saying now?

Trump doubled down on his remarks Monday and told members of the press that he didn't believe his comments were racist, the Hill reported.

In remarks made at the White House, Trump said, "Not at all. If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn't want to be in our country, they should leave."

After media members attempted to persuade Trump into specifically naming the Congress members in question, he responded, "I think you can guess."

Earlier Monday morning, the president re-addressed his controversial remarks in a series of tweets.

He wrote, "When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel, and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said."

He added, "If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out."

Anything else?

On Monday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced a House resolution to condemn the president's remarks.

In a letter to House Democrats announcing the resolution, Pelosi write, "The House cannot allow the President's characterization of immigrants in our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President's xenophobic tweets."

The letter continued, "This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values."

The forthcoming resolution is from Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) — a congressman born in Poland — Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and other Democratic members who were born outside of the United States.

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