Tlaib says Trump's attacks meant to distract from US Steel layoffs

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight We must stand together against hatred MORE (D-Mich.) on Tuesday hit back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE’s latest attacks on her, tweeting that the president’s focus should be on issues like recently announced layoffs at U.S. Steel.

“The President should focus on this rather than his hate agenda,” Tlaib said, linking to a report on the company’s announcement that it will temporarily lay off nearly 200 workers at its Michigan plant.

Tlaib’s tweet followed an attack on her by Trump earlier in the day after she became emotional during a press conference on Monday with Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Omar responds to family of 9/11 victim who called her out at anniversary ceremony Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley dance to Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' in video MORE (D-Minn.) over Israel’s decision to bar them from entering the nation. Trump, who had called on Israel to block the two freshman lawmakers, suggested Tlaib had faked her tears and accused her of hating "Israel and all Jewish people.”

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"Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears," Trump tweeted. "I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears?"

The back-and-forth is just the latest in the ongoing feud between Trump and a quartet of progressive first-term House Democrats, all of whom are women of color, and whom the president has tried to paint as the leaders of the Democratic Party. 

U.S. Steel said in a filing this week that it will let workers at its Great Lakes Works plant in Ecorse, Mich., go for at least six months after suspending operations at a blast furnace at the facility and another in Gary, Ind., citing lower steel prices and reduced demand.

Steel prices initially jumped after the Trump administration imposed a series of tariffs, but they have since declined, with hot-rolled coil prices falling nearly 37 percent since their high last year.