News | Published July 15 2019

May hits out at Trump's comments about US congresswomen

Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned comments made by US President Donald Trump saying that a number of Democratic congresswomen of colour should “go home” to their countries of origin.

May labelled Trump’s comments "completely unacceptable", referring to his claims that the four women in question were “from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”.

Three of the women he referred to, namely Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Presley, were born in the United States.

The fourth, Ilhan Omar, arrived in the country as a refugee at the age of ten.

Trump’s words have sparked widespread backlash with some labelling the comments racist, including prospective presidential candidates from the Democratic party and the women themselves.

The president continued to justify his position on Twitter and demanded the congresswomen make an apology for their reaction.

He tweeted on Monday: "When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologise to our country, the people of Israel and even to the office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them and their horrible and disgusting actions.

"If Democrats want to unite around the foul language and racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular and unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the US.”

Trump's tweets, made on Monday, are believed to be aimed at Ilham Omar, who has been at the centre of an anti-semitism row over comments she had previously made about Israel.

The controversy began on Sunday when Trump accused the women of “vicious” criticism.

Trump tweeted: “So interesting to see ‘progressive’ Democrat congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run.

“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. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”.

This new incident comes amid questions surrounding the British government's relationship with the Trump administration, questions caused by the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch. 

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Scott Challinor
Business Editor
July 15 2019

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