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The US House of Representatives on Tuesday formally condemned US President Donald Trump for his violent denunciations of four Democratic deputies and his aggressive language toward immigrants, while Trump denied being racist.

Although Republican officials were skeptical about Trump, four of them joined 235 Democratic deputies to condemn the "racist comments" of Trump that "started and increased fear and hatred towards new Americans and colored people".

One independent MP supported the decision on Trump's weekend appeals, asking ethnic and religious minorities to "return" to the countries they came from.

Trump was targeted by female deputies Alexandria Ocacio Cortez (New York), Elhan Omar (Minnesota), Iaina Presley (Massachusetts) and Rachida Tlaib (Michigan). "Trump's statement that members of Congress are immigrants (our colleagues who are mistakenly immigrants) do not belong to Congress or to the United States of America". Trump also appealed to immigrants and asylum seekers to refer to them as "invaders".

Democrats have a majority in the 435-member House of Representatives, but Republicans have a majority in the Senate, where the resolution is unlikely to be considered. "These tweets were not racist, and you will not find a single gram of racism," Trump said on Tuesday, calling on his party's deputies not to fall into the "trap" of their Democratic opponents.

As part of his controversial strategy, Trump was keen to repeat what he said Monday about the four Democrats. "Our country is free, wonderful and prosperous," he wrote, "if you curse our country or if you are not happy here,.

As the November 2020 presidential election approaches, Trump seems more determined than ever to attract his mostly white constituency and to work to sow discord among his Democratic opponents.

While some Republican lawmakers have criticized Trump's tweets, most of them remain very cautious in their criticism of him. "We all have a responsibility … and our words are important," said Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader in the Senate. "He does not consider the president racist." While Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, considered that all this controversy "is only a political issue."

After telling Democratic women on Sunday to "go back to where they came from," Trump returned Monday accusing them of "dislike" America. The four female deputies responded on Monday evening, asserting their determination not to back down to the president's attacks.

Rep. Rachida Taleb said Donald Trump "no longer knows how to defend his policy and launch personal attacks on us," saying these attacks "complement his racist and xenophobic attitudes."

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flick, who has strongly criticized Trump, said that the leaders' silence on such talk was unjustifiable.. "I have said many times that Republican deputies can not respond to all the president's statements, but when these statements are terrible and humiliating they must condemn them," he said in a statement.

Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate Democrats, echoed the silence of top Republican officials over Trump's remarks. "It is frightening to see how many of our Republican colleagues can leave the storm going through without any comment," he said, wondering whether the silence translates into an "agreement" with the president or a "narrowness" of it, before adding "in both cases This position can not be justified. "

Joe Biden, a former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, said American history "never saw a racist president more than this man." As Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said, "Can you imagine a conservative president like George W. Bush making racist statements of this kind?"

HZ / WB (AFP / Reuters)

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