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Pelosi announces House resolution to condemn Trump's 'xenophobic tweets'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection Overnight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Trump against boycotting Beijing Olympics in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday urged House Democrats to support a resolution to condemn President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE for tweeting that four Democratic congresswomen of color should "go back" to their countries, even though all are U.S. citizens.
 
"The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets," Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats announcing a "forthcoming" resolution from Reps. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiDemocrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: Biden 'very confident' in Fauci amid conservative attacks | House Dems press Biden on global vaccinations | CDC director urges parents to vaccinate adolescents House Democrats call on Biden to do 'much more' to vaccinate the world MORE (D-N.J.), who was born in Poland, Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben Raskin House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE (D-Md.), and other Democratic members who were born abroad.
 
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"This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress," Pelosi added. "Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values."
 
In Trump's tweets, which appeared to be directed at freshmen Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), the president suggested they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
 
Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, is the only one among the four who was born in a foreign country.
 
"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 in a series of tweets Sunday morning.
 
The House resolution would offer Democrats a chance to unite after internal strife over the past week when the four freshman lawmakers sparred with party leaders. Ocasio-Cortez had suggested in an interview with The Washington Post last week that Pelosi was engaging in a pattern of "explicit singling out of newly elected women of color."
 
Pelosi defended Ocasio-Cortez and the three other progressive lawmakers on Sunday after Trump's tweets.
 
"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," Pelosi tweeted. "Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power."
 
The resolution, depending on how it's worded, could pose a test for House Republicans and the growing number of GOP lawmakers who are criticizing Trump for his weekend remarks.
 
While most Republicans were silent about the issue on Sunday, several have since come out and chastised the president.
 
Rep. Will Hurd (Texas), the only African American House Republican, was the first to GOP lawmaker to characterize Trump's tweet as "racist."
 
 
Other Republicans who criticized Trump stopped short of describing the remarks as racist. Many of the GOP critics represent districts that will be Democratic targets in 2020.
 
"The Tweet President Trump posted over the weekend about fellow Members of Congress are not reflective of the values of the 1,000,000+ people in Texas 22.  We are proud to be the most diverse Congressional district in America. I urge our President immediately disavow his comments," tweeted Rep. Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Republican Fort Bend County Sheriff wins Texas House seat 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night MORE (R-Texas), whose district Democrats are eyeing for next year's elections.
 
"The president's remarks to my colleagues across the aisle are inappropriate and do not reflect American values," tweeted Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act MORE (R-Ind.), who serves as recruitment chair for the House GOP arm but is retiring.
 
Republican leaders in the House and Senate have yet to comment on Trump's tweets.
 
Trump has not retreated from his initial remarks. On Sunday evening, he doubled down after Pelosi defended the four freshman lawmakers.
 
"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. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, 'RACIST, '" Trump tweeted

"Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. 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!" Trump added.
 
Trump later said his tweets were "not at all" racist.
 
“Not at all,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday when asked if his tweets about the lawmakers were racist. “If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave.”
 
Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeRon Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory 40-year march: Only one state doesn't recognize Juneteenth MORE (D-Texas) is also drafting a resolution to condemn Trump for his tweets. A spokesman for Jackson Lee said that her office is in discussions with House leadership.
 
Updated at 2:01 p.m.