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PM Trudeau responds to Trump's controversial tweets about US congresswomen

President Donald Trump's suggestion that four female members of congress should go back to where they came from is not a sentiment that Canada's Prime Minister believes in for his own nation, he says.

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On Sunday, President Trump called out "'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" in a thread of tweets, who were not listed by name but have been widely understood to be Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York (who was born in New York), Rashida Tlaib of Michigan (born in Detroit), Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts (born in Chicago) and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota (who was born in Somalia and moved to the United States with her parents as a child).

"So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," President Trump tweeted.

"Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough."

All four congresswomen who are believed to be the targets of his thread are left wing Democrats that are non-Caucasian. All four women replied to Trump's tweets.

From Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau chimed in.

Trudeau did not mention Trump by name when asked about the president's recent Twitter comments while making an appearance at a military base in Ontario on Monday, but he did say that Canadians and people around the world “know exactly what I think about those particular comments."

“That is not how we do things in Canada. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, and the diversity of our country is actually one of our greatest strengths and a source of tremendous resilience and pride for Canadians and we will continue to defend that.”

With files from The Canadian Press

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