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 KingTrump Jr's 'Triggered' debuts at No. 1 on NY Times bestseller list Donald Trump Jr jokes his favorite Democrat is 'Mitt Romney' Bruce Springsteen: Trump 'doesn't have a grasp' on what being American means MORE on Tuesday pressed Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race MORE (D-Mass.) on her use of the word "occupant" to describe President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes 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 OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE (Minn.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJane Fonda leads DC climate protest for sixth straight Friday Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump himself is clearly not satisfied with only one article of impeachment' The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field MORE (N.Y.) and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibEthics panel extends probe into Tlaib, says she likely misused campaign funds Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy 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.