Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE (D-N.Y.) dug in on her criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE Tuesday morning as he renewed calls for her and three other progressive nonwhite congresswomen to leave the U.S. rather than criticize it.

“Donald Trump has decided he does not want to be President of the United States. He does not want to be a President to those who disagree," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

"And he’d rather see most Americans leave than handle our nation’s enshrined tradition of dissent. But we don’t leave the things we love,” she added.

The back-and-forth between the president and Ocasio-Cortez comes after Trump sparked uproar for tweeting that four Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to their countries. The president said they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."


The tweet, widely thought to be aimed at Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' Trump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' Michigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (D-Mass.), drew swift and fierce backlash from Democrats who called the remarks racist and xenophobic. 

All four of the freshman congresswomen are U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the U.S.

Trump has repeatedly stood firm on his remarks amid criticism, telling reporters Monday, “They can leave. And you know what? I’m sure that there will be many people that won’t miss them."

On Tuesday morning, Trump reiterated that the four lawmakers could "leave" if they were unhappy in the U.S. 

“If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” he tweeted.

The four congresswomen held a press conference Monday afternoon blasting the remarks; hours after, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced the lower chamber will vote on a resolution condemning them.

The vote on the resolution is expected on Tuesday.