Trump and His Aides Seek to Dismiss Mueller Hearings as a Desperate Act – The New York Times

But even as the president railed against Mr. Mueller online and in person, he also sought to continue his criticism of four Democratic congresswomen of color after a week in which his tweets about them dominated news coverage.

If the president wanted to move on from that controversy, it was not apparent on Monday morning as he tweeted again about the women: Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts.

“The ‘Squad’ is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart,” Mr. Trump wrote. “They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border…And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!”

That tweet came days after the Democrat-controlled House approved a resolution that condemned as racist the language the president used in his earlier criticism of them. And it came just after Mr. Trump left the White House for a brief trip to the Supreme Court, where the body of former Justice John Paul Stevens was lying in repose.

The president and the first lady, Melania Trump, paid their respects to Justice Stevens moments later.

During remarks to reporters several hours later in the Oval Office, while sitting next to Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan, he added to his criticism.

“I think they’re very bad for our country,” Mr. Trump said of the four women. “I think they’re very bad for the Democrat Party. I think you see that. And they’re pulling the Democrats way left. Nobody knows how to handle them. I feel they’re easy to handle. To me they’re easy to handle because they’re just out there.”


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