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Trump Resumes Attack on Democratic Lawmakers in ‘The Squad’

Trump Resumes Attack on Democratic Lawmakers in ‘The Squad’(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump drew fresh criticism on Sunday with an eighth day of attacks on the four progressive Democratic Congresswomen known as “The Squad,” whom he said he didn’t believe were “capable of loving our country” and should apologize for “hateful” comments.Sunday’s Twitter message came after the president said on July 14 that the women, all minorities, should “go back” to the “corrupt and inept” countries they came from — a message condemned by Democrats and some Republicans as racist and divisive.Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The latest tweet came minutes after a segment on one of the lawmakers, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, on Fox News Channel.Three of the women of the Squad — Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — were born in the U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia and immigrated as a child.Trump this week briefly attempted to distance himself after people attending his campaign rally in North Carolina started a “send her back” chant in response to his criticism of Omar. Since then, though, he’s reversed that disavowal, saying the people at the rally were “incredible patriots.”By contrast, Trump called the women of the Squad, all first-term lawmakers, “weak & insecure people” who are “destroying the Democrat Party.”Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday that Trump is “worst than a racist” and compared the president to George Wallace, a former governor of Alabama known as an opponent of the civil rights movement.“He’s actually using racist tropes and language for political gain, to use this as a weapon to divide our nation against itself,” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “This is somebody who is very similar to George Wallace, to racists who use the exact same language.”White House adviser Stephen Miller, who has drafted some of the president’s most hawkish immigration policies, defended Trump on “Fox News Sunday.”Miller said there was a difference between Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the word “garbage” to illustrate the need for more ambitious policy initiatives, policies, and Trump’s use of the term in a 2014 tweet, when he said of former President Barack Obama, “Everything he touches turns to garbage!”Trump this week falsely claimed that Ocasio-Cortez had termed U.S. people “garbage.”Any criticism of Obama by Trump was done “out of love” for the U.S., Miller said; conversely, criticism of the president by the Democratic lawmakers was “anti-American.” Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, made similar comments on ABC’s “This Week.”Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said on CNN that he’d like to see “everybody tone down their rhetoric.” Asked about Trump’s latest tweet, Johnson said “that’s his opinion and I don’t agree with it.”In a CBS poll released on Sunday, a majority of Americans, 59%, said they disagreed with what the president said in his original tweets about the Squad, while 40% agreed. The survey showed sharp partisan differences, with 82% of Republicans agreeing with the statement and 88% of Democrats disagreeing. (Updates with Booker, Miller and Johnson from seventh paragraph.)\–With assistance from Craig Torres and Nour Al Ali.To contact the reporter on this story: Ros Krasny in Washington at rkrasny1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Ludden at jludden@bloomberg.net, Kevin MillerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Gabbard, AOC join lawmakers to call on Puerto Rican governor to resign over corruption scandal

Gabbard, AOC join lawmakers to call on Puerto Rican governor to resign over corruption scandalRep. Tulsi Gabbard has joined a growing chorus of lawmakers calling for the resignation of the Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.



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Reaction to Trump telling liberal lawmakers to leave US

Reaction to Trump telling liberal lawmakers to leave USPresident Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a group of non-white Democratic congresswomen in tweets and said they should leave the U.S. and go back to the countries “from which they came.” The four women are American citizens and all but one was born in the U.S. “Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. … You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.” — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota on Twitter.



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Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan unloads on lawmakers at House hearing on migrant detention facilities

Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan unloads on lawmakers at House hearing on migrant detention facilitiesHoman blasts Congress for the delay in additional funding for the humanitarian crisis, urges lawmakers to fix the situation; FBN's Hillary Vaughn reports from Capitol Hill.



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Mike Pence says he'll bring TV cameras on tour of border facility as lawmakers voice alarm at conditions

Mike Pence says he'll bring TV cameras on tour of border facility as lawmakers voice alarm at conditionsMike Pence criticized lawmakers such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who have compared the detention facilities to concentration camps.



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French lawmakers vote to target online hate speech in draft bill

French lawmakers vote to target online hate speech in draft billSocial media giants such as Facebook and Twitter would be required to remove any hateful content within 24 hours under a draft bill approved by France’s National Assembly on Friday. President Emmanuel Macron wants to make France a leader in regulating U.S. tech giants and containing the spread of illicit content and false information on the most-used platforms.



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'Broken' and 'horrifying': AOC, Joaquin Castro, lawmakers visit Texas border facilities

'Broken' and 'horrifying': AOC, Joaquin Castro, lawmakers visit Texas border facilitiesReps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro visited the facilities on Monday with other lawmakers. Castro said the system is 'still broken.'



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Democratic Lawmakers Outraged by 'Dehumanizing' Conditions at Migrant Detention Centers

Democratic Lawmakers Outraged by 'Dehumanizing' Conditions at Migrant Detention CentersHouse Democrats expressed outrage at the conditions in detention centers they toured July 1



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Lawmakers to decide on Mueller testimony this week, Schiff says

Lawmakers to decide on Mueller testimony this week, Schiff says“We have been in private discussions with the special counsel's office,” the California Democrat said.



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Lawmakers decry perilous federal lockups for migrant kids

Lawmakers decry perilous federal lockups for migrant kidsLawmakers on Friday were calling for swift change after reports this week of more than 250 infants, children and teens being held inside a windowless Border Patrol station, struggling to care for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. It’s a scene that is being repeated at other immigration facilities overwhelmed with too many migrant children and nowhere to put them. “This facility wasn’t even on our radar before we came down here,” said law professor Warren Binford, a member of the team that interviewed dozens of children this week detained in Clint, about a half-hour drive from El Paso.



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