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The Latest: Trump says Dem dishonored herself with profanity

January 5, 2019
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House after a meeting with Congressional leaders on border security, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the White House in Washington, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of La., and Vice President Mike Pence listen. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and calls by some Democrats to impeach him (all times local):

2:48 p.m.

President Donald Trump says newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan “dishonored herself” when she used profanity to describe him.

Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden, Trump said Friday that he thought Tlaib’s comments were “disgraceful.”

The Michigan Democrat exclaimed at an event late Thursday that Democrats were going to impeach Trump, and used a profanity for him.

She didn’t back down Friday, tweeting that “I will always speak truth to power.” She added the hashtag, ”#unapologeticallyMe.”

Trump, who routinely slings verbal attacks at his critics, said: “I thought her comments were disgraceful” and “disrespectful” to the United States.

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12:01 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she doesn’t like the profane language used by one of her new members who predicted the House will impeach President Donald Trump. But Pelosi says it’s no worse than what Trump himself has said.

Pelosi said Friday at an MSNBC town hall that she doesn’t agree that the House should move to impeach Trump without more facts. She said, as she has many times before, that impeachment is “divisive” and she wants the new Democratic majority to be unified.

Newly elected Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib exclaimed at an event Thursday that Democrats were going to impeach Trump and used a profane expression to describe him. Pelosi said that she has a “generational” reaction to that language and wouldn’t use it, but that she won’t censor her colleagues. Pelosi is 78, while Tlaib is 42.

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10:35 a.m.

Newly elected Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is getting some pushback from fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill after using a profanity Thursday evening when she said President Donald Trump should be impeached.

Tlaib said at an event hours after she was sworn in that lawmakers will work to impeach Trump, and used a vulgarity to describe him.

On Friday, Tlaib did not back down, tweeting that she will “always speak truth to power.”

A spokesman said in a statement that Tlaib was elected to shake up Washington and “absolutely” believes Trump should be impeached.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he doesn’t think “comments like these particularly help.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn’t ruled out impeachment but has called it a “divisive activity” that needs support from both parties.

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8:33 a.m.

President Donald Trump is pushing back on talk by some House Democrats of impeaching him.

On Friday, Trump asked in a tweet: “How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong” and has had the “most successful two years of any president.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been cautious about whether her new Democratic majority would ever impeach Trump, but at least two of her members are ready to move forward. California Rep. Brad Sherman and Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against Trump on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress

Trump says his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election, which is a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House after a meeting with Congressional leaders on border security, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the White House in Washington, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of La., and Vice President Mike Pence listen. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)