Minority congresswomen respond to President Trump's tweets

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley hold press conference in response to President Trump.
2:51 | 07/15/19

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Tonight are fighting back against president trumps racist tweet suggesting. They go back to their countries all four are US citizens they have to be to get elected in three more boring here in this country including. New York congresswoman Alexandria up costs you Cortes the tweets. Were widely attacked by Democrats and a handful of Republicans but the president is not apologizing. In fact if anything. He double down on them sunshine occurs in the newsroom with much more today's developments job and the. There's a lot has happened in the past hours last few minutes stuff for duly elected members of congress emerged at the capitol to respond. Not just of those races tweets by the president but also to his comments today in the White House Rose Garden when he doubled down on his tweets. Saying these four American citizens three of whom as you point out our American born. Should go back to where they came from. These are people that if they don't. Like get here they can only do one case you have somebody that comes from. Somalia which is a failed government and now is a congresswoman. Was not happy he doesn't concern me because many people agree with me. And all I'm saying they want to leave they killing. He was saying it doesn't concern the people see his tweets as a racist because other people agree with him this is the tweet that started this particular firestorm when he said the congresswoman. Should go back to what he called the totally broken and crime infested places. From which they came the president was widely seen as trying to drive a wedge between these four progressive congresswomen who call themselves the squad. And most other congressional Democrats amid a growing rift that was threatening to break apart the majority in congress. But of course these tweets only seem to have unified Democrats giving them all something to agree on. And so the first note that I want to tell children across this country. Is that no matter what the president says this country you songs teen U. And it's belongs. To every month. And to date that notion that theory notion was challenged we'll stay focused on our agenda. And we won't get cost let them. Because all of this is a distraction think it's a distraction from what's most important. And from our core values. As Americans that us stands. And of course the president was lives tweeting during this press conference saying and I'm quoting here if you are not happy here you can leave. This is about your love for America he accuse these congresswomen. Paving. The United States you heard congresswoman up 'cause he'll Cortez they're calling this a distraction. Well it has certainly distracted attention from the president's promised immigration raids that were to happen over the weekend in cities across the country including New York. Raids that at least so far seem not to have materialized.

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