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Top House Republican promises 'action will be taken' against Steve King for racist comments

'That language has no place in America'

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised Sunday that action would be taken against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who ignited controversy last week after he questioned why terms like "white nationalism" and "white supremacy" had "become offensive."

What are the details?

Speaking on CBS' "Face The Nation," McCarthy said he is scheduled to meet with King on Monday, where he will discuss King's future in the Republican Party.

"That language has no place in America. That is not the America that I know. And it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln," McCarthy said.

"I've watched on the other side that they do not take action when their members say something like this — action will be taken," McCarthy added. "I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party."

McCarthy, now the top Republican in the House upon Paul Ryan's departure from Congress, did not elaborate on what actions he planned to take against King, whether it would be to ask for King's resignation, support a primary opponent, or simply censure the Iowa lawmaker.

According to CBS, McCarthy said after the interview aired that he is reviewing whether or not King should keep his committee assignments, which includes a spot on the highly influential House Judiciary Committee.

McCarthy last week described King's language as "reckless" and "wrong." Numerous other party leaders, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) strongly rebuked King's comments and the congressman himself.

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