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Collins: Trump should delete tweets on Democratic congresswomen

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate votes to repeal OCC 'true lender' rule Top female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote MORE (R-Maine) on Monday said President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE should delete his tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to their home countries, calling his rhetoric "way over the line."  

"I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus … but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down," Collins said in a statement. 

Collins, who is up for reelection in a state won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchumer: 'The big lie is spreading like a cancer' among GOP America departs Afghanistan as China arrives Young, diverse voters fueled Biden victory over Trump MORE in 2016, is the first Republican lawmaker to explicitly call for Trump to delete his tweets from Sunday. 

Though Republicans have largely remained silent about Trump's tweets, there is growing pushback from some members of the party.

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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Lindsey Graham: 'In this fight it is clear — Israel is the good guy and Hamas is the bad' MORE (R-S.C.), a close ally of Trump's, urged the president to avoid personal attacks, calling on him to focus on criticizing Democratic policies instead. Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) called Trump's tweets "wrong," adding that the citizenship of the four congresswomen is "as valid as mine." 

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster Prince Harry joins Aspen Institute commission on misinformation MORE (R-Texas) has gone further than any other GOP lawmaker so far, describing the Trump tweet as "racist and xenophobic."

Trump sparked fierce and widespread backlash — largely from Democrats — on Sunday when he targeted a group of unidentified progressive congresswomen "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe." 

In the tweets, which appeared to be directed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarYang's tweet in support of Israel draws praise from conservatives There will be no new immigration law under Biden, unless he changes course Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Bush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy Genetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say MORE (D-Mass.), the president suggested they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."  

All four have been outspoken critics of the Trump administration, and Omar and Tlaib in particular have questioned the U.S.-Israel relationship, prompting pushback from Republicans. All four are U.S. citizens and only Omar was born outside the United States.

Trump doubled down on his statement late Sunday, saying it was "sad" to see Democrats sticking up for the four women, who he argued used "disgusting language" and said "many terrible things" about the U.S. that "must not be allowed to go unchallenged."