Trump aide tries to justify double standards
A top White House adviser has insisted claimed there was a "huge difference" between President Donald Trump's criticisms of America in 2016 and the critiques by four Democratic congresswomen with whom Mr Trump is feuding.
Stephen Miller claimed Mr Trump's words had been part of a political campaign to put America first and were not intended to sow discord, while the Democrats are bent on expressing "anti-American sentiment".
Mr Miller was shown several video clips of then presidential candidate Trump lambasting the United States, calling Barack Obama "the most ignorant president in our history" and saying "nobody respects us". Criticising Mr Obama's leadership, Mr Trump said: "We don't know what we're doing."
Trying to explain why the Democrats' complaints should be seen as worse than those of Mr Trump, Mr Miller said there was no comparison between agitating for stricter enforcement of immigration laws and better trade deals - as he said Mr Trump was doing - and threatening to undermine the American way of life, as he asserted the Democrats want to do. "They detest America as it exists," he said.
Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, have pushed back against Mr Trump, saying they're fighting to help make America live up to its promise.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at the president yesterday, saying she and her colleagues fight for such things and living wages and basic human rights while Mr Trump "hurt immigrant kids" and put controversial charter school advocate Betsy DeVos in charge of federal education policy.
Mr Trump responded on Twitter: "I don't believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country."