Trump makes racist comments, again

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May's condemnation of Trump is her strongest yet and marks the end of a relationship she spent much of her premiership attempting to nurture.

"That went out decades and decades ago and thank heavens for that so it's totally unacceptable and I agree with the Prime Minister". "My focus is on the serious work of governing and holding this president in check until we can take back the White House - and not on every tweet of a demagogue", she said.

Earlier Monday, Trump made clear he had no intention of backing down, asking on Twitter when "the Radical Left Congresswomen" would "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 awful things they have said".

Tlaib was also blunt: "Want a response to a lawless & complete failure of a President?"' she tweeted.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks to Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May prior to a working lunch at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan, on Friday, June 28, 2019.

He added: "These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough".

While Trump did not name the women, his tweets on Sunday were nearly certainly referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI. WE are what democracy looks like, ' Pressley wrote over a screenshot of Trump's tweets, while Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that Trump is 'angry because you can't conceive of an America that includes us'.

Omar, in an interview, once laughed about how a college professor had spoken of al-Qaida with an intensity she said was not used to describe "America", "England" or "The Army".

Condemning Trump, Omar also in a tweet said: "You are stoking white nationalism because you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda".

But May's comments will now raise the pressure on him to condemn the president's comments.

"While ADL has publicly disagreed with these congresswomen on some issues, the president is echoing the racist talking points of white nationalists and cynically using the Jewish people and the state of Israel as a shield to double down on his remarks". Omar became a citizen in 2000 when she was 17 years old, according to The New York Times. Pelosi has been seeking to minimize Ocasio-Cortez's influence in the House Democratic caucus in recent days, prompting the freshman lawmaker to accuse Pelosi of trying to marginalize women of color.

Among the few GOP lawmakers commenting, Rep. Pete Olson of Texas said Trump's Sunday tweet was "not reflective of the values of the 1,000,000+ people" in his district.

He did not identify the four women by name at first although on Monday, he made it clear he was referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, who is of Puerto Rican origin, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who is of Somali origin.

Instead, Democrats as one voice denounced the comments, which evoked the old racist trope of telling a black person to go back to Africa.

Last week the United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, said he was resigning as the UK's top diplomat in Washington after leaked memos recorded him criticising the Trump administration.

"When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to "Make America Great Again" has always been about making America white again", she said on Twitter.

Of the four freshman Democratic lawmakers thought to be at the center of Trump's tweets, all women of color, only Omar, who came to the USA as a refugee from Somalia when she was a child, was born outside the country. Tlaib, 42, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, was born in Detroit.

In a tweet on Sunday night, Mr Trump said it was "so sad" to see Democrats supporting the women.

On Monday morning, Trump elaborated on Twitter on his Israel-related tweets the previous day.

Democratic presidential hopefuls also weighed in.

The president questioned whether Democrats should "want to wrap" themselves around this group of four people as he recited a list of the quartet's most controversial statements.

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