Donald Trump has continued his week-long attack on four Democratic congresswomen – demanding they apologise to the US and Israel “for the horrible things they have said”.
The US president has been engaged in a war of words with the women – who he has branded “The Squad” – since he used his Twitter account to tell them to “go back” to the “crime-infested places from which they came”.
A Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night also took an ugly turn when the crowd started chanting “send her back” – a direct reference to one of politicians.
In a Sunday morning tweet, Mr Trump questioned their allegiance to the United States, writing: “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!”
The congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley – have all been long-time critics of Mr Trump’s immigration policy.
They have criticised the treatment of immigrants in border camps and crackdowns by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
Mr Trump caused controversy a week ago when he falsely said the black, Hispanic and Muslim women – all US citizens – “came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world”.
He had written on Twitter: “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.
“Then come back and show us how it is done.”
Three of the congresswomen were born in the US, with the exception of Somali-born Ilhan Omar, who became a US citizen aged 17 after claiming asylum.
At a news conference last week, Ms Pressley said: “Our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable and just world and that is the work that we want to get back to.
“And given the size of this squad in this great nation we cannot, we will not be silenced.”
Despite many established Democrats in the US previously appearing to distance themselves from the group, they have now rallied around their colleagues in the face of the president’s remarks about them.
Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Trump’s comments were “completely unacceptable”, while US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they showed the president’s plan was to “make America white again”.
Source: SKY NEWS