GOP lawmaker: 'I'm a person of color. I'm white.'

Republican Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyGenetic counselors save health care dollars when involved in the testing process America's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act House votes to repeal ObamaCare's 'Cadillac tax' MORE (Pa.) on Tuesday weighed in on criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE's tweets targeting four minority congresswomen, saying that he is a person of color because he is white.

“You know, they talk about people of color. I'm a person of color. I'm white. I'm an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time, but I don't get offended,” Kelly told Vice News before a vote on a resolution condemning the president.

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“With a name like Mike Kelly you can’t be from any place else but Ireland,” he said.

The term "person of color" is widely used in the U.S. to refer to anyone who is not white or of European descent.

Kelly told The Hill that the comment had been taken out of context.

“The reporter's tweet mischaracterized our conversation and my broader point: We’re all created equal. It’s time to stop fixating on our differences and focus on what unites us,” he said, pointing toward the full remarks.

In the full five-minute interview, Kelly said that Trump must have been responding to something directly and that liberals would get angry if the president said “good morning.”

He also added that he had “thicker skin” than other people and doesn’t get offended by things as easily.

The House voted late Tuesday to formally admonish Trump, approving a resolution condemning his tweets from the weekend as “racist."

Trump's tweets Sunday suggested that a quartet of liberal freshmen, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Omar endorses Sanders presidential bid MORE (D-Mass.), should "go back" and "help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Of the four lawmakers, Omar is the only one not be born in the U.S. She became a citizen in 2000 after fleeing violence in Somalia.

While four Republicans and the newly Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash: Clinton's attack on Gabbard will 'drive many people into the arms' of Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria pullout MORE (Mich.) joined Democrats in condemning the tweets, many GOP lawmakers said the tweets were not about race but about the policies of the progressive congresswomen. 

Updated at 12:25 p.m.