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(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Friday renewed attacks on freshman Democratic lawmakers Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezand Ilhan Omar and came to the defense of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump lashed out at Ocasio-Cortez for her recent remarks responding to Pelosi’s criticism of the “Squad” — the group of four freshman including Ocasio-Cortex and Omar. She had said Pelosi was “singling out” Democratic women of color for criticism, calling it “disrespectful.”
“I think Cortez is being very disrespectful to somebody who’s been there a long time,” Trump said to reporters as he left the White House for fundraisers in Wisconsin and Ohio. I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot and we go back and forth and it’s fine, but I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful to her. And you know what, I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on.”
“But Cortez should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect,” Trump added. “She should not be doing what she’s doing. And I’ll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do. She is not a racist, okay. She is not a racist. For them to call her a racist is a disgrace.”
Ocasio-Cortez told CNN Thursday that Pelosi is “absolutely” not a racist.
The president was also critical of Omar saying that he doesn’t believe she should be in office.
“I’m looking at this Omar from Minnesota and If one-half of the things they’re saying about her are true, she shouldn’t be in office.”
Omar fired back at the president tweeting that, “If one-tenth of what they say about you is true, you shouldn’t be in office… next”
If one-tenth of what they say about you is true, you shouldn’t be in office… next