CBS's Gayle King asks Pressley whether calling Trump 'occupant' of the Oval Office is respectful

CBS's Gayle King asks Pressley whether calling Trump 'occupant' of the Oval Office is respectful
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CBS host Gayle KingGayle KingGayle King calls out Pelosi for calling Trump supporters 'henchmen': 'Egregious language' Fauci: Lack of masks at Trump rallies frustrating The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump, GOP senators at odds over next stimulus bill MORE on Tuesday pressed Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Mass.) on her use of the word "occupant" to describe President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE's position in the White House.

"We can talk about and spin out on hate, about hateful words which are a predictable prompt by the occupant of the White House," Pressley said in the "CBS This Morning" interview, referring to the president's Twitter attacks earlier in the week on herself and the three other freshmen congresswomen in the interview.

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"And I call him that not because I don't have respect for the Oval Office," she added. Pressley also used the phrase in her press conference response to Trump's tweets on Monday.

"It sounds like you don't have respect for the Oval Office when you call the president of the United States the occupant," King responded.

"No, because he is only occupying the space. He does not embody the principles, the responsibility, the grace, the integrity of a true president," Pressley told King. "I'm not dishonoring the office. He does everyday."

Her comments come after a string of tweets from the president this week that Democrats and some Republicans called "racist." They directed Pressley and three other minority Democrats — Somalian-born Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (Minn.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline MORE (N.Y.) and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge MORE (Mich.) — to "go back" to the "crime-infested" countries where they were born.

Trump's tweets were condemned as racist in a House resolution passed Tuesday largely along party lines.