Trump under fire for racially-charged tweets against congresswomen

Published: 15 Jul 2019   

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Rashida Tlaib (centre), who responded by calling Trump 'a lawless and complete failure of a president', with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) and Ayanna Pressley (right)

US President Donald Trump has been accused of racism after posting tweets attacking Democratic congresswomen.

He claimed the women "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe", before suggesting they "go back".

He then said Speaker Nancy Pelosi "would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements".

It comes a week after Ms Pelosi clashed with "the squad", a group of four left-wing Democratic women of colour, BBC reports.

Of the four congresswomen, three - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley - were born and raised in the US, while the fourth, Ilhan Omar, moved to the US as a child.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx in New York, approximately 12 miles away from the Queens hospital where Mr Trump himself was born.

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