Justin Trudeau Chides Trump for 'Go Back' Tweets: 'That Is Not How We Do Things in Canada'

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his racist "go back" tweet about nonwhite Democratic members of Congress.

Trump suggested that the four progressive women, all American citizens and three of whom were born in the country, should return to the homes of their ancestors.

He has since denied that the tweet is racist and accused the four women of hating America, attempting to recast his attack as about their support of socialism, not race.

"I think Canadians, and indeed people around the world, know exactly what I think of those comments," Trudeau told reporters, according to The Globe and Mail.

"That is not how we do things in Canada. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian," he said, adding that he was proud of his country's diversity, which made Canada stronger: "We will continue to defend that."

Trudeau followed the outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, recently criticized herself by Trump over Brexit, who called the U.S. leader's comments "completely unacceptable."

The four outspoken progressives targeted by Trump, known colloquially as "The Squad," are Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, who all sit on the left of the Democratic Party.

They have clashed recently with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on several issues, including her handling of the Senate Border Bill, which passed with Democratic support.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted: "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.

"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. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!"

The president was widely condemned for the comments. Pelosi lashed out on Twitter: "When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power."

President Trump has twice renewed his attacks on the women.

"So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion," Trump wrote on Monday, apparently referring to the pro-Palestinian stance of the group.

"Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, 'RACIST.' Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged."

He later followed up: "We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country.

"They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, 'some people did something.' Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more.

"Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now – rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!"

Speaking to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez, flanked by the other three members of The Squad, accused Trump of deflecting from debating the actual issues, such as healthcare and the detention of children in cages at the southern border.

"Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy," the New York Democrat said. "This president does not know how to make the argument that Americans do not deserve healthcare. He does not know how to defend his policies. So what he does is attack us personally. And that is what this is all about."

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference on the roof of the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
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