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

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Michigan governor urges Zuckerberg to enforce community guidelines after hate speech, threats surface Ayanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia MORE (D-Mich.) on Tuesday hit back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 OmarAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders 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.