Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report

President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE is reportedly dissatisfied with Republican lawmakers for their lack of defense of his weekend tweets, which targeted a group of minority progressive lawmakers. 

Multiple sources told Politico that has informed at least two GOP members of Congress that his is not satisfied.

The news outlet notes that Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerPoll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (R-Colo.) and John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (R-Texas) are preparing for tough reelection races and face a difficult decision: standing by the president and risking support of needed voters, or condemning the president for his remarks and “facing his wrath.” 

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“I wouldn’t have done it. That’s not what we ought to focus on in this country,” Gardner said of the president's tweets, in which he suggested that the four freshman lawmakers known as “The Squad” — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez blasts Electoral College as a 'scam' Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears Scaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna Pressley'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears MORE (Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMaher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMaher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib MORE (Minn.) — “go back” to their home countries.

The remarks have since garnered widespread backlash, with Democrats swiftly denouncing them as racist. GOP leadership, however, has denied claims that Trump or his tweets were racist.

Gardner, whose reelection bid takes place in a largely blue state, has endorsed Trump’s 2020 campaign but disagrees with his rhetoric, telling Politico “we should focus on ways to bring people together.”

Cornyn, who is seeking the vote from minority populations in his reelection campaign, said that while “we are consumed by this here ... it doesn’t consume my constituents when I go back home.”

Other Republican lawmakers, including Arizona Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Arizona poll shows Kelly overtaking McSally MORE, have continued to support the president but shied away from commenting on the tweets, Politico notes.

Some GOP lawmakers, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' re-election would go well if she runs Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (Maine) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstErnst town hall in Iowa gets contentious over guns Air Force probe finds no corroboration of sexual assault allegations against Trump pick Gun control activists set to flex muscle in battle for Senate MORE (Iowa), have spoken out against Trump for his remarks, and four House Republicans voted on Tuesday in favor of a Democratic-led resolution to condemn the tweets.

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSchumer blasts 'red flag' gun legislation as 'ineffective cop out' Lawmakers jump-start talks on privacy bill Trump border fight throws curveball into shutdown prospects MORE (R-S.D.) told the outlet “the news cycle changes pretty quickly,” adding that by the 2020 elections, “I don’t expect we’ll be talking about this.”