Trump sends out tweets that Pelosi calls 'xenophobic'

Trump launched an attack on female minority members of Congress saying they should go back to where they came from after their visits to migrant detention centers at the U.S. border.
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power restored by midnight, and that was their priority. Erielle, thank you. Up next to the immigration debate, president trump turning up the political heat with tweets critics call racist and xenophobic. The president launching an attack apparently aimed at female minority members of congress, who he says should go back to where they come from. It's a stark reminder of just how charged this debate has become. David Wright is at the white house with details. Reporter: Tonight, growing outrage over the latest trump tirade. Without naming names, the president called out "Progressive Democrat congresswomen." Tweeting, "Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done." Adding, "I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!" It's not the first time he has taken aim at these women of color who have been sharply critical of his immigration policies. A group of people that came from -- I don't know where they came from. Reporter: Congresswoman Rashida tlaib of Michigan shot back, "Keep talking, you just make me work harder. I'm proud of my Palestinian roots and a weak bully like you never wins." Congresswoman ilan OMAR of Minnesota accused trump of "Stoking white nationalism because you are angry that people like us are serving in congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda." And from congresswoman Alexandra ocasio-cortez of new York, "Mr. President, the country I come from, and the country we all swear to, is the United States." On the campaign trail, democratic candidates seized on the president's tweets. I'm so sick of people being told they don't belong here. Because they disagree with those in power. I am freaking appalled that the president of the United States conducts himself in such a disgraceful and racist way. Reporter: House speaker Nancy Pelosi has, at times, conflicted with the young Progressive faction, but she stood by them today, tweeting, "I reject Donald Trump's xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation." David, joining us from the white house. That's not president trump's only Twitter tirade today. He's also defending the vice president's border tour. Reporter: Yes, he says that the tour proved that detention facilities for children are well-run and clean. And as for some of the men's cages being standing room only, trump tweeted, if too crowded, tell them not to come to the usa. David, thank you.

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