Republicans got here out in defence Tuesday of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter assault on 4 Democratic congresswomen, claiming the feminine lawmakers have been partaking in private assaults.

WATCH: Steve Scalise says ‘Squad’ has disgraced the workplace of the President

“They proceed to name for impeachment and [Democratic congresswoman Ayanna] Pressley wouldn’t even consult with the president by the title,” Republican congressman Steve Scalise mentioned at a press convention Tuesday. 

“We disagreed with Barack Obama on numerous issues that he did, the insurance policies,” Scalise mentioned. “However we by no means disrespected the workplace. I known as him president of the US, as all of us did. If he requested us to go meet with him on the White Home, we went. We expressed our disagreements in a respectful method, however what they proceed to do is go after [Trump] personally, to name for impeachment of the president from day one.”

WATCH: Republican Kevin McCarthy says Trump’s tweets attacking Democratic congresswoman weren’t racist

The 4 first-term minority Democratic congresswomen in query are Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Scalise’s feedback got here two days after Trump despatched out tweets calling for the 4 congresswomen – identified informally in Congress as “the squad” – to “return” to the “the completely damaged and crime infested locations from which they got here.” Trump’s weekend tweets prompted different Democrats to accuse Trump of racist and divisive rhetoric.

Different Republicans jumped to Trump’s defence as nicely. Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney mentioned any opposition to “the squad” was primarily based on coverage.

Republicans won’t fully rebuke Trump’s Twitter attack on Democratic congresswomen

I wish to make completely clear that our opposition to our socialist colleagues has completely nothing to do with their gender, with their faith, or with their race,” she mentioned. 

Trump additionally defended himself on Tuesday, saying his weekend tweets weren’t racist and claiming the 4 congresswomen “hate our nation.”

These Tweets have been NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my physique!” he wrote. “Republicans mustn’t present ‘weak spot’ and fall into their lure.”

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