Rep. Tom Reed said on Tuesday during his weekly conference call with reporters that President Donald Trump’s controversial Sunday morning tweet telling four Democrats in the House of Representatives to go back to were they came from was ill advised.
Trump targeted Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts in the message. Among the four, Omar, born in Somalia, is the only one not born in the United States. The four progressive, first-term representatives have become known as "the squad."
“I don’t agree with the tweet. I think the sentiment can be interpreted, rightfully, as offensive,” Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, said. “I think it was inappropriate.”
But he also added that he vehemently disagreed with the squad’s politics.
“I will fight extremism each and every day. There are members of Congress today represented by that squad that I think are embracing an extremist agenda. And that to me is not good for the long term of the country if we go down that policy path,” he said.
He said in his experience with Trump, he has not known the president to be racist, and he did not interpret the tweet to be racist.
Reed said he was opposed to the resolution in the House to condemn the president, saying it would prolong the partisan bickering and would fan the flames of division taking place in Washington D.C. He urged fellow representatives on both sides to stand down and look instead to fixing problems they were elected to solve.
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