US PRESIDENT Donald Trump.
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US President Donald Trump slammed unnamed Democratic congresswomen for criticizing US democracy when they hail from countries “whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” in a thread of tweets on Sunday.
"So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," Trump wrote.
"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. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!"
Nancy Pelosi slammed Trump's comments on Twitter saying "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.
"Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power."
While the women are unnamed, it is likely the US president was referring to Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. She is the first Somali-born person to be elected to Congress and immigrated to the US when she was 12.
Omar on Saturday sparked criticism when she was quoted as saying that she "probably love[s] this country more than anyone who is naturally born."
Omar is known for her provocative statements, including ones widely deemed to be antisemitic, like "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel" and a tweet saying that the US policy on Israel is “all about the Benjamins
Rep. Ocasio Cortez of New York responded to Trump, tweeting, "Mr. President, the country I “come from,” and the country we all swear to, is the United States. But given how you’ve destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you and the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet."
Rep. Ilahn Omar of Minnesota tweeted, "Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen."
Rep. Rashida Tlaib from Michigan added: "Yo [Trump], I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade and attack. Keep talking, you’ll be out of the White House soon. I'm proud of my Palestinian roots and a WEAK bully like you never wins." She attached a picture of hers wearing traditional cloths and added: "This is what America looks like."
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Presidential hopeful in the Democratic Primaries, added: "The American people are sick and tired of a president who is a liar, a fraud, a narcissist and a bully. They want leadership which unites us, not divides us."
President Trump defended his remarks on Sunday regarding the unnamed, progressive Congresswomen, and tweeted that they "hate Israel".
"So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion," the President tweeted.
"Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, “RACIST.” Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged," he added. "If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!".
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