Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets

Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE on Tuesday night praised House Republicans for their show of unity in voting against a Democratic-introduced resolution condemning as "racist" his tweets targeting four minority lawmakers. 

"So great to see how unified the Republican Party was on today’s vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen," Trump tweeted.

"If you really want to see statements, look at the horrible things they said about our Country, Israel, and much more," he continued. "They are now the top, most visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate. The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!"

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Trump was referring to a resolution first announced by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him MORE (D-Calif.) and passed on Tuesday evening. The resolution formally condemned as racist a series of tweets Trump posted on Sunday morning in which he said that a group of progressive congresswomen — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump CBS to Ocasio-Cortez on Sanders support: 'As a woman of color, why back an old white guy?' MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNorth Dakota GOP state lawmaker shares debunked photo, calls Omar a 'terrorist' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThese 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (D-Mass.) — should "go back" to the countries they came from.

The comments drew swift condemnation, including from some Republicans, a few of whom denounced the tweets as racist. All four of the congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the United States.

The resolution introduced by Democrats allowed for a show of unity from the party after a week of bitter infighting between the progressive and centrist wings. But it also gave Democratic leadership a chance to put pressure on Republicans to denounce Trump's statements. 

In the end, the 240-187 vote fell mostly along party lines. Just four Republicans — Reps. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE (Ind.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena MORE (Pa.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGOP lawmaker: Trump administration 'playing checkers' in Syria while others are 'playing chess' Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Hurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted' MORE (Texas) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonTrump urges GOP to fight for him GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine House passes bill to revamp medical screenings for migrants at border MORE (Mich.) — voted to approve the resolution. 

The vote came after a tense moment in which the House parliamentarian rebuked Pelosi after she blasted Trump, arguing her comments violated the rules forbidding lawmakers from directly attacking the president on the House floor.

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets Graham huddles with House Republicans on impeachment strategy MORE (R-Ga.) led an effort to formally strike Pelosi's remarks, but the vote on the motion failed, with every Republican voting in favor of it.

The resolution condemning Trump's tweets came after a growing outcry over the comments from Democrats. On Monday evening, the four congresswomen targeted by Trump held a press conference in which they fired back at Trump, with Omar once again calling for him to be impeached.