Extra protection has been sought for members of Congress after President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on four Democratic lawmakers.
In comments which have become the subject of controversy, Trump repeated calls for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to ‘leave’ the country ‘if you are not happy here’.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson called for extra safety measures to be put in place for ‘certain targeted members’.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (pictured) called for extra safety measures to be put in place for ‘certain targeted members’
The four members of ‘the squad’ – Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – fired back at Trump in a press conference on Monday
In a letter addressed to the Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, Democratic chairman Thompson argued that the Capitol Police Board should meet to ‘analyze the current threat environment and set thresholds for enhanced safety of Members,’ according to Fox News.
Thompson called for security officials to set ‘thresholds for enhanced security for certain targeted Members, and evaluate threat streams with law enforcement partners in Member districts.
‘Being proactive in this instance is vital to the safety of not only these targeted Members, but all Members of Congress.’
The controversy began on Sunday when Trump said the legislators should ‘go back where they came from’ in controversial tweets that the women are blasting as racist.
He claimed the women ‘originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe’, before suggesting they ‘go back’.
President Donald Trump says progressive Democrats who don’t like the way he’s running the country can move somewhere else, as he upped the ante against four Democratic representatives, who are also women of color, that he’s been clashing with on Twitter
It was inferred that he was referencing progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the members of her ‘squad,’ including American-born Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley and Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar.
British Prime Minister Theresa May dubbed the comments ‘completely unacceptable’.
Rather than backing down on his comments on Monday, the president went on to imply the women are communists, and denied that he was making a racist attack on them.
‘We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of Communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own Country, they’re calling the guards along our Border (the Border Patrol Agents) Concentration Camp Guards…’ he tweeted.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ‘squad’ fired back at Donald Trump during a joint press conference on Monday, calling on House Democratic leadership to bring impeachment proceedings against him.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a frequent target of Trump’s twitter fury, said: ‘We can either continue to enable this president and report on the bile of garbage that comes out of his mouth.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a frequent target of Trump’s twitter fury, said: ‘We can either continue to enable this president and report on the bile of garbage that comes out of his mouth.’
Rep. Ayanna Pressley charged the president with trying to distract for his policies at the border
‘Or we can hold him accountable for his crimes. It is time for us to stop allowing this president to make a mockery out of our constitution. It is time for us to impeach this president.’
‘This is the agenda of white nationalist,’ she charged.
‘He would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender orientation or immigration status, because this is the only way he knows he can prevent the solidarity of us working together across all of our differences.’
They accused the president of racism, promoting a white nationalist agenda and vowed to hold him accountable.
‘Many members of Congress have called for his impeachment because of his utter disregard and disrespect of the United States Constitution and, despite this, and other many attempts to distract us, I remain focused, we remain focused on holding him accountable to the laws of this land and accountable to the American people.
Reps. Ilham Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib held a press conference Monday to fight back against the president
Ocasio-Cortez and Omar hug
‘I urge House leadership, many of my colleagues to take action to impeach this lawless president today,’ echoed Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who this weekend repeated her call to ‘impeach the m*fer.’
Rep. Ayanna Pressley charged the president with trying to distract the country from the conditions at the border and the detention facility where migrants are being held.
‘This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the countless chaotic and corrupt culture of this administration, all the way down,’ she said.
Ocasio-Cortez shot back at Trump’s charge that the four lawmakers don’t love the country.
‘We love this country. What that means is that we propose the solutions to fix it,’ she said.