Alaska Republican senator criticizes Trump's controversial comments about minority Congresswomen

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The self-styled "squad" of progressive newcomers are representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib from MI - all of whom except Omar are American-born.

Pelosi announced late Monday night that the House will debate the resolution Tuesday afternoon and the vote will occur at 7 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - the most senior Republican after the president and vice president - did not comment.

"Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came, ' Trump wrote on Twitter of "Progressive" Democrat Congresswomen" on Sunday.

Of the women, only Ms Omar was born outside of the United States in Somalia and she came to the country as a child.

Several Republicans, including Will Hurd of Texas and the chamber's lone black GOP member, Chip Roy of Texas and Paul Mitchell of MI, labeled Trump's racist tweets as "racist" and "xenophobic", "wrong" and "beneath leaders", respectively.

Pelosi said she hoped some Republicans would support the resolution.

They have fired back at what they called his "xenophobic bigoted remarks" and said it was time for impeachment.

Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Tlaib (Detroit), and Pressley (Cincinnati) were born in the United States.

Trump has a history of what critics consider race-baiting.

"He should be talking about things that unite, not divide us", Hurd said.

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And while Mr Trump's attacks brought Democrats together in defence of their colleagues, his allies noted he was also having some success in making the progressive politicians the face of their party.

Despite the condemnation, Trump doubled down on Monday, saying he didn't think his comments were racist and telling the women that if they don't like it in the USA, they can leave.

"They bring a tremendous amount of disgrace to public policy and public life, and I condemn them all", Baker told reporters at an event in Boston. Evans has previously slammed Trump for his views on climate change and ridiculed him for his typos.

Addressing reporters, the four women - known as The Squad - all said the focus should be on policy and not the president's words.

It was yet another sign that Mr Trump, who won the presidency in 2016 in part by energising disaffected voters with incendiary racial rhetoric, has no intention of backing away from that strategy going in 2020.

'My parents went to flee markets to sell gifts to make ends meet, and eventually they opened a successful small business and achieved the American dream.

"It's up to them". They can leave. They can stay.

"I don't have a racist bone in my body", Trump tweeted, adding, "our country is free, handsome and very successful".

THERESA MAY has blasted Donald Trump's Twitter attacks on four ethnic minority political rivals as "completely unacceptable". GOP Representative Mike Turner of OH also called the tweets "racist". This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat. He called Tuesday's expected vote on the resolution a "Democrat con game" and said Republicans "should not show "weakness" and fall into their trap".

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, denounced Trump as the most "openly racist and divisive" president in USA history. "You have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest".

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