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Israel bars US congresswomen – with a nudge from Trump

Israel bars US congresswomen - with a nudge from TrumpWith a push from President Donald Trump, Israel on Thursday barred two Muslim-American congresswomen from entering the country for a visit, an extraordinary step bringing the longtime U.S. ally into Trump’s domestic fight against political rivals at home. The U.S. president is essentially relying on Israel to retaliate against two freshman lawmakers, Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who are both outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.



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The Latest: Trump defends Israel move to bar 2 congresswomen

The Latest: Trump defends Israel move to bar 2 congresswomenPresident Donald Trump is defending Israel’s decision to bar two Democratic members of Congress from visiting the country, even as he claims he didn’t “encourage or discourage” the move. Israel announced earlier Thursday that it had taken the unprecedented move of barring a visit by Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota over their criticism of the country. Trump had tweeted before the announcement that it would “show great weakness” to let them in.



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Nigel Farage says Trump’s racist attack on Democratic congresswomen was ‘genius’

Nigel Farage says Trump’s racist attack on Democratic congresswomen was ‘genius’Nigel Farage has enthusiastically praised Donald Trump’s “go back” comments, directed at four congresswomen of colour.The US president’s remarks were widely condemned as racist after he told Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, to return to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came”.All of the Democrats, known as the Squad, are American citizens. Three of the four were born in the country.Ms Omar, the fourth, arrived in the US as a child refugee.The president described the women as people”who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world”.“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came?” he asked.Despite the significant controversy generated by the remarks, Mr Farage said the comments were shrewd.“I thought, ‘Dear, oh dear, oh dear’. You realise, 48 hours on, it was genius because what’s happened is the Democrats gather round the Squad, which allows him to say, ‘Oh look, the Squad are the centre of the Democratic Party’,” he said.“He’s remarkably good at what he does,” Mr Farage added, in an interview with The Times.“He does things his way. But he is a remarkably effective operator.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had condemned Mr Trump’s remarks as “racist” at the time, challenging Boris Johnson to do so too during the Conservative leadership contest.Mr Johnson, now the prime minister, refused to, but did describe the comments as “totally unacceptable”.Former Ukip leader Mr Farage has also found himself mired in race-related controversy at times in the past.In May 2014, he was accused of a making a “racial slur” against Romanians after he suggested he would be concerned living next to a house of them.Later that year, he used an interview with radio station LBC to defend a Ukip candidate who had used the word “ch**ky” to describe a Chinese person.“If you and your mates were going out for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?” Mr Farage asked presenter Nick Ferarri.Mr Ferarri responded by saying he “honestly would not” use the phrase in such a context.“A lot would,” Mr Farage replied.



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Trump calls congresswomen racist day after his adviser says the term is used to silence speech

Trump calls congresswomen racist day after his adviser says the term is used to silence speechTrump's latest attack on four minority women lawmakers involves familiar a tactic: Accusing others of what he has been accused of.



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Trump demands congresswomen he subjected to racist tweets apologise to US and Israel

Trump demands congresswomen he subjected to racist tweets apologise to US and IsraelDonald Trump has once again attacked the four Democratic congresswomen he launched racist tweets at last week, demanding Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley apologise “for the horrible (hateful) things they have said.”“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country,” the president wrote in a Sunday morning tweet. “They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said.”He added, “They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!”The latest tweets arrived after an extraordinary rebuke of the president’s racist attacks against the four congresswomen of colour — colloquially known as “the squad” — last week, in which the US House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning Mr Trump’s “racist comments.”Mr Trump tweeted that the four Democratic freshmen should “go back” to their countries, despite the fact the congresswomen are all US citizens and all but one were born in the US (Ms Omar emigrated to the US from Somalia as a refugee twenty-three years ago).The resolution passed by a 240-187 vote, marking an embarrassing moment for Mr Trump despite carrying no legal repercussions. The Democrats were joined by Republicans Brian Fitzpatrick, Fred Upton, Will Hurd and Susan Brooks. Justin Amash, who left the Republican party months after becoming the its sole member of Congress to back an impeachment inquiry into Mr Trump, also backed the measure. Democrats saved one of the day’s most passionate moments until near the end. “I know racism when I see it,” said John Lewis of Georgia, whose skull was fractured at the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. > I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > July 21, 2019“At the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism,” he added.Before the showdown roll call, Mr Trump characteristically plunged forward with time-tested insults. He accused his four outspoken critics of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician” and added, “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave !” — echoing taunts long unleashed against political dissidents rather than opposing parties’ lawmakers.The president was joined by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other top Republicans in trying to redirect the focus from Trump’s original tweets, which for three days have consumed Washington and drawn widespread condemnation. Instead, they tried playing offense by accusing the four congresswomen — among the Democrats’ most left-leaning members and ardent Trump critics — of socialism, an accusation that’s already a central theme of the GOP’s 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns.Underscoring the stakes, Republicans formally objected after Nancy Pelosi said during a floor speech that Mr Trump’s tweets were “racist.” Led by Doug Collins, Republicans moved to have her words stricken from the record, a rare procedural rebuke.After a delay exceeding 90 minutes, Steny Hoyer said Ms Pelosi had indeed violated a House rule against characterising an action as racist. Mr Hoyer was presiding after Emanuel Cleaver stormed away from the presiding officer’s chair, lamenting, “We want to just fight,” apparently aimed at Republicans. Even so, Democrats flexed their muscle and the House voted afterward by party line to leave Ms Pelosi’s words intact in the record.Mr Trump took a positive view of the vote on Twitter, saying it was “so great” that only four Republicans had crossed party lines and noting the procedural rebuke of Ms Pelosi. “Quite a day!” he wrote.Some rank-and-file GOP lawmakers have agreed that Mr Trump’s words were racist, but on Tuesday party leaders insisted they were not and accused Democrats of using the resulting tumult to score political points. Among the few voices of restraint, Mitch McConnell said Mr Trump wasn’t racist, but he also called on leaders “from the president to the speaker to the freshman members of the House” to attack ideas, not the people who espouse them.“There’s been a consensus that political rhetoric has gotten way, way heated across the political spectrum,” said the Republican leader from Kentucky, breaking his own two days of silence on Mr Trump’s attacks.Hours earlier, Mr Trump tweeted, “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” He wrote that House Republicans should “not show ‘weakness’” by agreeing to a resolution he labelled “a Democrat con game.”Additional reporting by AP



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Trump says minority congresswomen should 'apologize to America'

Trump says minority congresswomen should 'apologize to America'“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country,” Trump tweeted of ethnic-minority first-term Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley. “They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. The comments come a week after Trump sparked a firestorm of outrage when he attacked the left-leaning lawmakers in a series of tweets, saying they should “go back” to their countries of origin.



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‘I am disgusted’: New Yorkers react to Trump telling congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries

‘I am disgusted’: New Yorkers react to Trump telling congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countriesNew Yorkers, like much of the country, have some strong opinions about the latest controversy engulfing President Trump.

“I am disgusted at the Republicans,” said Randi, of Manhattan. “I can’t believe no one stands up to him. I thought of myself as independent, and I’m forced into being a Democrat.”



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Trump's attacks on congresswomen could boost Biden campaign

Trump's attacks on congresswomen could boost Biden campaignAs U.S. President Donald Trump intensifies his efforts to brand four progressive congresswomen as the new face of the Democratic Party, its presidential front-runner, Joe Biden, has been quietly reminding voters in Iowa there remains a middle ground. Trump’s vilification of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, in which he said the minority lawmakers were hostile to America and should “go back” where they came from, has largely left Biden out of this week’s political conversation. Biden, who served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president and 36 years as a U.S. senator, epitomizes a Democratic establishment the four congresswomen who dub themselves “the squad” have vowed to upend.



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Boris Johnson condemns Trump's 'totally unacceptable' tweets telling congresswomen to 'go back' where they came from

Boris Johnson condemns Trump's 'totally unacceptable' tweets telling congresswomen to 'go back' where they came from"If you are the leader of a great multiracial, multicultural society you simply cannot use that kind of language about sending people back…" he said.



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GOP advisers reportedly told Trump his racist attacks on Democratic congresswomen may have backfired

GOP advisers reportedly told Trump his racist attacks on Democratic congresswomen may have backfiredGOP advisers think Trump's tweet has helped bring together a Democratic party that only last week was riven by in-fighting.



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