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 KingTim Scott: Sanders would be toughest challenger for Trump Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives Gayle King accepts Snoop Dogg apology, says it was never her intention to add to pain over Bryant's death MORE on Tuesday pressed Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report There's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mass.) on her use of the word "occupant" to describe President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals 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 OmarSanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group MORE (Minn.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report Ocasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term MORE (N.Y.) and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat 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.