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US House votes to condemn President Trump over his ‘racist’ tweets
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US House votes to condemn President Trump over his ‘racist’ tweets

17 Jul 2019 | 10:32 PM

WASHINGTON: In a rare move, the US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist” tweets against four non-white Democratic congresswomen who have been critical of his harsh immigration policies.

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Washington, July 17

In a rare move, the US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist” tweets against four non-white Democratic congresswomen who have been critical of his harsh immigration policies.

The vote on Tuesday came days after Trump’s tweets about four newly elected lawmakers — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — triggered widespread uproar.

Trump, on Sunday, in a series of controversial tweets, said that four Democratic Progressive congresswomen should just “go back” to where they came from.

Moved by Congressman Tom Malinowski, the resolution was passed by the 435-member House of Representatives, the Lower House of the US Congress, on a partisan line of 240-184 votes.

The resolution also got support of four Republicans and an independent in the House where the Democratic Party has a majority. Though the result carries no legal repercussions for President Trump, it was an embarrassing one for him.

Reproaching a sitting president on the record is extremely rare in the US House.

“It’s not who we are. It is playing with fire because the words that the president used are heard by people with disturbed minds who do terrible things, violent things, and a line needs to be drawn,” Malinowski told the House.

“So that’s what we hope to do,” he said.

“These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during the debate.

Trump had been accused of racism and xenophobia for telling the members of congress to leave the country.

The president has since tweeted: “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!”   

Ahead of the vote, Trump accused his four outspoken critics of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician”.

He, in a series of tweets, said “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!”.

Congresswoman Grace Meng said that President Trump’s comments are “racist” and his vile rants on Twitter are beyond the pale, and show his callous disregard for the office he holds.

“He has not apologised, shown any remorse, and doubled down on his disgusting remarks. As an American, I am appalled by the president’s actions these past few days and the weak responses by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

“We can disagree with each other, but to tell someone to ‘go back’ is morally reprehensible. Today, our message is clear: Mr President, shame on you,” she said.

Condemning the president for his “racist” statements, Congressman Elijah Cummings said although Trump has indicated that there are “many people who agree with” his comments, there are many Americans, who are were disappointed that the individual who acts as their representative on the world stage would share these racist sentiments.

“I have confidence that the beliefs reflected in the president’s statements are not held by the American people as a whole and do not reflect who we are as a nation,” he said.

“He told four women of colour — three of whom are natural born citizens, born and raised in their home country of America — to ‘go back’ to their countries,” House Majority leader Steny Hoyer said in his remarks.

Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were all born in the US, while Omar is a naturalised US citizen who arrived in the country at a young age as a Somali refugee. — PTI

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17 Jul 2019 | 8:01 AM

WASHINGTON:A livid Democratic Party has introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives, condemning the “racist” tweets of President Donald Trump against four non-white women lawmakers from the Opposition party.

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16 Jul 2019 | 4:57 PM

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16 Jul 2019 | 10:22 AM

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16 Jul 2019 | 10:02 AM

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:02 AM

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:02 AM

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:02 AM

WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump took aim at progressive Democratic congresswomen on Sunday, telling them to “go back” where they came from in remarks that sparked yet another firestorm over his views on race and immigration.

Taiwan’s pro-China Mayor to be Oppn 2020 Prez candidate

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:02 AM

TAIPEI:A China-friendly mayor in Taiwan on Monday won the opposition party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election, beating Foxconn founder Terry Gou and issuing a direct challenge to President Tsai Ing-wen who is seeking re-election.

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15 Jul 2019 | 9:49 PM

BALTIMORE: Police in Baltimore say two people are dead, and a police officer and another person are injured following a shooting at a methadone clinic.

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15 Jul 2019 | 9:30 PM

LONDON: Alan Turing, a computer pioneer and World War II code-breaker will be on the new 50 pound polymer note, the Bank of England announced on Monday after it selected him from a shortlist that included famed Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

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15 Jul 2019 | 9:13 PM

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16 Jul 2019 | 10:59 AM

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15 Jul 2019 | 1:58 PM

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15 Jul 2019 | 1:21 PM

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15 Jul 2019 | 12:55 PM

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