Jul 16, 2019

Tom Cotton on Trump's racist tweets: "The president is gonna tweet what he's gonna tweet"

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Photo: Chuck Kennedy

At an Axios news shapers event on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) declined to directly respond when asked whether President Trump's tweets attacking four congresswomen of color were racist.

"I think what he sees is a lot of extremism from the House Democrats. ... The president is gonna tweet what he's gonna tweet."

State of play: After initial silence, Republicans have been rolling out their own backlash against the president, with figures from both chambers condemning the rhetoric.

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House condemns Trump for racist tweets

Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The House voted 240-187 to condemn President Trump's racist tweets against 4 Democratic congresswomen of color on Tuesday, after an embattled argument on parliamentary procedure.

Context: House Republicans attempted to hold Speaker Nancy Pelosi's words out of order on Tuesday, after she said Trump's tweets against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib were racist. Trump said the congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from.

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Tom Cotton says he shares Trump's Afghanistan frustration

Sen Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Photo CHuck Kennedy/Axios

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told Axios' Mike Allen at an Axios event Tuesday that he shares President Trump's frustration with U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.

What he's saying: Cotton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, defended Trump's desire to remove U.S. troops from the country despite pushback from the national security sector, saying "advisers advise and presidents decide" whether to follow their advance.

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Trump praises GOP unity after House condemns him for racist tweets

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President Trump said it's "great to see" Republican Party unity after 4 GOP lawmakers sided with House Democrats in a 240-187 vote to condemn him Tuesday for racist tweets against 4 Democratic congresswomen of color.

Details: In his Tuesday night tweets, Trump claimed the quartet said "horrible things" about the U.S., Israel, and "much more." He also tweeted that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been ruled (initially) "out of order" for calling him "racist" for his "go back" tweets about Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

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