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

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge MORE (D-Mich.) on Tuesday hit back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate 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 OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' 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.