"And that's what I say all the time", Trump told reporters while responding to questions during the "Made in America" event at the White House on Tuesday. "They should stay focused on the issues". "Some of it was similar to or echoed themes in Trump's own campaign".
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She could have been referring to criticism that the president lobbed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over her various controversial comments.
The NRCC is an "organization whose job is to define who they are, to make it clear to the American public", Emmer said. "They did", Trump replied as the chanting unfolded.
Over the past week, Trump has had to answer for his July 14 tweets aimed at progressive Democratic Reps. The Democratic-led House voted to condemn his comments as racist. She told them she was not deterred: "We are not frightened".
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Trump's victory in 2016 was spurred by strong support from white working-class voters.
"Calling him racist, which he is, I don't know if that helps", said North Carolina-based Democratic strategist Gary Pearce. She's a fierce Trump critic. This was an "obvious lie", but that's the "con at the heart of Trump's politics". "He can't claim that he stands for working people in 2020".
"Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren left no doubt about her position: "#IStandWithIlhan against attacks from this racist president", she tweeted. "They want to demolish our Constitution, weaken our military and eliminate the values that built this magnificent country".
His attack came just hours after he had said: "I hear that she was married to her brother", repeating claims which began when she announced her run for office three years ago. "Absolutely. You have to". But he also said the "squad" members "have a big obligation - and the obligation is to love your country". She has declined to provide access to immigration records, birth certificates or other documents that could verify her family history.
Republicans, too, are grappling with the racial debate that could have profound long-term consequences on the GOP's ability to win elections in an increasingly diverse nation.
Video from the North Carolina rally shows the president pausing his remarks, appearing to drink in the uproar and not admonishing his supporters as they chanted.
Pence concurred and said he would discuss it with Trump, said another participant in the meeting who described the conversation on condition of anonymity.