Trump expresses disdain for ‘The Squad’ via GOP senator’s remarks

Trump expresses disdain for ‘The Squad’ via GOP senator’s remarks

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President Donald Trump, pictured with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, presides over a cabinet meeting on Tuesday at the White House. At the meeting, the president addressed questions from reporters about his controversial remarks directed at the four freshmen congressmen who are collectively known as "The Squad." (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump expressed his disdain for the four freshman progressive Democratic congresswomen of color known as the “The Squad” in a series of Wednesday morning tweets by quoting recent remarks by Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana.

Kennedy, who is known for clever retorts, made the remarks in an interview with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday night.

Kennedy said he does not believe Trump is a racist and cautioned the president not to “exchange playground insults” with the congresswomen.

Earlier that evening, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that condemned racially suggestive remarks Trump had made about the lawmakers.

Four Republicans and Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voted with the Democratic majority.

The resolution targeted Trump’s Sunday tweet in which he called for the congresswomen to return to their countries of origin.

The lawmakers are Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.).

Omar, who is black, is a naturalized citizen who was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. as a teen. Tlaib is of Palestinian descent and was born in Detroit. Pressley is African-American; she was born in Cincinnati and reared in Chicago. Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent and was born in the Bronx. Tlaib and Omar are the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.

Trump has refuted accusations that his remarks were racist.

Passage of the resolution was preceded by six-hours of debate that saw House Democrats vote to overturn a ruling by the parliamentarian that said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) had violated House rules by called Trump’s remarks “racist.”

Republicans had asked that the remark be stricken from the record.

House rules prevent members from “engaging in personalties toward the president,” which essentially means they are not allowed to make personal remarks about the commander-in-chief or fellow lawmakers. That includes references to things either has said.

The precedent dates back to rules of decorum stipulated in a manual written by Thomas Jefferson. The rules were updated in recent decades to ban language that would describe anything the president says as racist or bigoted.

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