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President Trump dug in further Monday as he defended his tweets attacking freshman congresswomen of color, denying that they were racist.

The big picture: During his comments at the White House, Trump again said that he didn't specifically name anyone in his tweets, despite the fact that four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley — have made headlines for clashing with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

  • Trump's Sunday tweets that kicked off the controversy implied that the congresswomen weren't born in the U.S., saying they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
  • Only Omar was born outside of the U.S., immigrating from Somalia and becoming a citizen in 2000. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley are natural-born citizens.

What he said today:

  • "If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn't want to be in our country, they should leave."
  • "These are people that hate our country.... When they hear the way they talk about our country and, when I hear the anti-Semitic language that they use, I do not believe this is good for the Democratic Party. Certainly, not the party I have known over the years."
  • Trump also brushed off concern that the tweets were viewed as racist because he said that many people agree with him.

Go deeper: House Democrats condemn Trump's racist tweets

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House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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Biden says it's "not the time to relax" after touring vaccination site

President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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