Trump: I don’t have a racist bone in my body
US President Donald Trump has insisted he is not a racist after his Twitter attacks on four US congresswomen were widely condemned as racist.
Mr Trump had suggested the four women – all US citizens – “can leave” the US.
Responding to the criticism, Mr Trump tweeted: “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!”
His remarks came as the US House of Representatives prepared to vote on a symbolic resolution condemning his previous comments.
The measure – which would have no force of law – is expected to pass because Democrats have a majority in the House, with any Republican support likely to enhance its censure.
Earlier, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – the targets of Mr Trump’s attack – dismissed his remarks as a distraction.
They urged the US people “not to take the bait” at a news conference on Monday.
The president did not explicitly name the women in his initial Twitter tirade on Sunday, but the context made a clear link to the four Democratic congresswomen, who are known as The Squad…….read more