Trump: Congresswomen can 'go wherever they want'

President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit 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."


Trump has faced significant bipartisan backlash since tweeting Sunday that the four progressive Democratic freshmen — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate New York AG sues NYPD over excessive force at Black Lives Matter protests Pressley's chief of staff said her office's panic buttons 'had been torn out' before Capitol riot MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history Ayanna Pressley's husband tests positive for COVID-19 House Democrats call for investigation into 'suspicious' Capitol tours day before riot MORE (Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first 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 HarrisOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Biden scolds Republicans for not wearing masks during Capitol attack Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic 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.”