Trump: Congresswomen can 'go wherever they want'

President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE on Tuesday pressed on with his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color whom he told to "go back" to their home countries, saying the lawmakers "can go wherever they want."

"It’s up to them. They can go wherever they want, or they can stay," Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting. "But they should love our country. They shouldn’t hate our country."

"You look at what they’ve said — I have clips right here — the most vile, horrible statements about our country, about Israel, about others. It’s up to them," he continued. "They can do what they want. They can leave. They can stay. But they should love our country, and they should work for the good of our country."

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Trump has faced significant bipartisan backlash since tweeting Sunday that the four progressive Democratic freshmen — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Five things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBiden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban CBC presses Biden to extend eviction moratorium The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators House passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban CBC presses Biden to extend eviction moratorium The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (Minn.) — should "go back" and "help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" before they criticize the U.S. government.

All four lawmakers are U.S. citizens, and only Omar was born outside the U.S.

The president stepped up his attacks on “the squad” on Monday, saying the women “hate our country,” harbor hatred toward Jews and love terrorist groups, adding that they’re “free to leave” the U.S. if they choose.

While GOP congressional leadership has said the president and his remarks are not racist, House Democrats introduced a resolution Monday night to condemn his comments as racist. The chamber plans to vote on the resolution later Tuesday, and House GOP leadership is urging its members to vote “no.”

2020 Democratic White House candidates, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMeghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup Honeymoon's over: Biden's record may have Americans demanding a divorce The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAmerica's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Five things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries MORE (I-Vt.), have also decried Trump for his remarks.

Trump has stuck by what he said, insisting Tuesday that “I do not have a racist bone in my body.”