Trump disavows rally chants as Omar returns to home district

Rep. Ilhan Omar returned to her home district in Minnesota to cheers and support just one day after Donald Trump's base chanted "send her back," which he now said he "disagreed" with.
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the fallout over that chant about congresswoman ilhan OMAR. The president's supporters shouting send her back. Well, now the white house is trying to contain the damage. The president says he tried to stop those chants but as you can see there, that is not what the video shows. Let's bring in our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. You had quite an exchange with the president yesterday and asked point blank why didn't he try to stop these chants? Reporter: Exactly, Cecilia and the president is now disavowing or saying he is disavowing words that are nearly identify -- identical to the language he used. Reporter: Congresswoman ilhan OMAR returned to her home district in Minnesota to hug, cheers and support from her constituents. It sure feels good to be home. Reporter: The warm welcome came just 24 hours after trump supporters chanted "Send her back." OMAR has a history of launching vicious anti-semitic screeds. Reporter: The chant played out for 13 seconds and the president didn't speak until it died down. President trump disavowed those words of his own supporters. I was not happy with it. I disagree with it, but, again, I didn't say -- I didn't say that. They did but I disagree. They were echoing what you said in your first tweet that they should go back. I don't think if you examine it you'll find that but I disagree with it. Reporter: It was president trump's tweet Sunday that suggested that four congresswomen including OMAR, quote, go back to the countries they came from. Though, OMAR was the only immigrant among them. When your supporters last night were chanting send her back why didn't you stop them? Why didn't you ask them to stop saying that? Well, number one, I think I did. I started speaking very quickly. It really was a -- I disagree with it, by the way, but it was quite a chant and I felt a little bit badly about it. Reporter: And, of course, the chant did go on for 13 seconds. He didn't start speaking quickly. The president was lavishing praise on those doing the chanting telling me, quote, they love our country. I want them to continue loving our country. Cecilia. Yeah, really was an incredible exchange you had there. Another headline the president announced his new pick for labor secretary. This, of course, after Alexander Acosta resigned in the wake of the controversy over how he handled the Jeffrey Epstein this new nominee pick has a pretty famous last night. Reporter: He sure does. It's Eugene Scalia, the son of former justice Antonin Scalia. He is a lawyer who also has an interesting career related to the justice department. He once worked for an attorney general named William Barr but worked for him back in the '90s when he was the attorney general for the first president bush. Jon, thank you. Now to rising tensions with

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