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 KingMichelle Obama to present Lin-Manuel Miranda with the Portrait of a Nation Prize Marianne Williamson: Oprah is 'absolutely not' advising me on presidential run CBS's Gayle King asks Pressley whether calling Trump 'occupant' of the Oval Office is respectful MORE on Tuesday pressed Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFormer 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 NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.) on her use of the word "occupant" to describe President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (Minn.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (N.Y.) and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support 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.