WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks in opposition to four minority U.S. congresswomen on Monday and pushed aside concerns that his comments had been racist, prompting outrage from Democrats, who moved to condemn him within the Condo of Representatives.

Speaking on the White Condo, Trump mentioned folks he described as necessary of the USA ought to go the nation.

Those remarks followed his Twitter messages on Sunday that mentioned the four left-hover lawmakers, identified in Congress as “the squad,” ought to transfer lend a hand to “the entirely damaged and crime infested areas from which they got right here.”

All four of the predominant-length of time Condo persons are U.S. residents and all but one had been born within the USA.

“If you happen to’re now not satisfied within the U.S., in case you’re complaining your full time, very simply: You may go,” he mentioned, drawing scattered applause from a crowd of businesspeople.

Asked if he used to agonize that some considered his remarks as racist and that white supremacists found out favorite motive with him, Trump mentioned he used to be now not. “It doesn’t wretchedness me because many folks accept as true with me,” Trump mentioned.

The president’s remarks had been widely derided and some, even though now not many, of his fellow Republicans spoke out in opposition to them.

Trump did now not title the lawmakers by title in his Sunday tweets, but he perceived to consult representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of Unique York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

All four were necessary of Trump, apart from of the latest Democratic leaders of the Condo, straining celebration unity in that chamber.

At a press convention on Capitol Hill, the four lawmakers mentioned Trump used to be attempting to sow division and distract consideration from what they characterized as failed policies on immigration, healthcare and taxation.

“Old-favorite minds and leaders scenario loyalty to our nation in characterize to shield away from fascinating and debating the coverage,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned.

Tlaib and Omar repeated their requires Trump to be impeached.

Condo Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been criticized by individuals of “the squad,” mentioned her celebration would introduce a name condemning Trump’s “xenophobic tweets.”

A draft of the choice, considered by Reuters late on Monday, mentioned the Condo “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments which accept as true with legitimized and increased dread and hatred of latest People and folks of color …”

Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat within the Condo, educated reporters the choice may perchance be on the Condo ground for debate as soon as Tuesday.

This kind of name would possibly presumably place aside Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress in an awkward utter, forcing them both to vote in opposition to their celebration’s chief, who has sturdy toughen amongst conservatives, or effectively to shield his statements.

Trump’s attacks elevated the profiles of the four modern Democrats, who accept as true with helped push the celebration’s agenda to the left, inflicting wretchedness amongst Democratic moderates who’re alive to to help onto their seats within the 2020 election.

A FEW REPUBLICANS SPEAK OUT

Trump has a historic previous of what critics accept as true with in mind go-baiting. He led a motion that falsely claimed outdated President Barack Obama used to be now not born within the USA, and he mentioned after a deadly, white supremacist-led rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that “all facets” had been accountable for violence there.

“That is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is some distance going down in chat rooms, or it’s going down on nationwide TV, and now it’s reached the White Condo garden,” Omar mentioned.

U.S. Reps Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) relief a recordsdata convention after Democrats within the U.S. Congress moved to formally condemn President Donald Trump’s attacks on the four minority congresswomen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

Even though most Republicans stayed restful on Trump’s divisive rhetoric, loads of started expressing wretchedness late on Monday.

Texas Representative Will Hurd, top-of-the-line African-American Republican within the Condo, known as the attacks “racist” on CNN.

Tim Scott, the Senate’s simplest gloomy Republican, known as them “racially offensive” on Twitter.

Others did now not plug that some distance. Senator Mitt Romney, the celebration’s 2012 presidential nominee, and Senator Marco Rubio, who ran in 2016, both condemned the remarks but declined to advise them as racist.

Condo Republican Chief Kevin McCarthy mentioned the four lawmakers belonged within the USA, but did now not criticize Trump. “The president is now not a racist,” he educated reporters.

Senate Republican Chief Mitch McConnell did now not comment on the controversy.

Trump on a conventional basis extinct racially charged language at some stage in his advertising and marketing and marketing campaign and continued in his presidency. His latest remarks got right here as about a of his efforts to address immigration – a well-known project for his conservative sinister – accept as true with faltered.

Trump promised as a candidate to invent a wall alongside the U.S.-Mexico border and that Mexico would pay for it. As president, puny or no has occurred on wall construction and Mexico has resolutely refused to pay for a wall.

‘RACISM, DIVISION’

In his Sunday tweets, Trump mentioned of the four congresswomen, “Why don’t they plug lend a hand and relieve repair the entirely damaged and crime infested areas from which they got right here … Then come lend a hand and relate us how … it is some distance completed.”

Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib had been born within the USA whereas Omar, a Somali refugee, arrived in 1992.

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a sometime Trump golf companion and adviser, known as the four congresswomen “communist” and “anti-Semitic” on Fox News on Monday, but he also identified as on Trump to discontinuance making such non-public attacks.

“Goal greater … Design discontinuance on their policies. The base line right here is that right here’s a numerous nation,” he mentioned, including that he had spoken to Trump.

Additional reporting by Makini Brice, Eric Beech, Richard Cowan, Mohammad Zargham and Roberta Rampton; Writing by Andy Sullivan and Jeff Mason; Bettering by Kevin Drawbaugh, Bill Trott, Dan Grebler and Cynthia Osterman