Trump: ‘If You’re Not Happy Here, Then You Can Leave’

Melanie Arter | July 15, 2019 | 7:27pm EDT
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( - President Donald Trump used a Made in America showcase event on Monday to again call on a number of freshman female congresswomen to leave the United States if they’re not happy here, and come back if they want.

In explaining the tweets he wrote Sunday, where he called on the unnamed congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested place from which they came,” Trump pointed out, “I didn’t mention names.”


“If you’re not happy here, then you can leave. As far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave, and that’s what I say all the time. That’s what I said in a tweet, which I guess some people think is controversial. A lot of people love it by the way. A lot of people love it, but if you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave. You can leave right now. Come back if you want. Don’t come back. It’s okay too, but if you’re not happy, you can leave,” he said.

Trump mentioned by name Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the first Somali-American elected to Congress, who fled Somalia with her family because of a civil war and spent years in a refugee camp in Kenya.



“I mean I look at the one. I look at Omar. I don’t know. I never met her. I hear the way she talks about al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has killed many Americans. She said you can hold your chest out. When I think of America, huh, when I think of al Qaeda, I can hold my chest out,” Trump recounted.

“When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down - some people. You remember the famous – some people. These are people that in my opinion hate our country. Now you can say what you want, but get a list of all of the statements they’ve made, and all I’m saying that if they’re not happy here, they can leave,” he said.

“They can leave, and you know what? I’m sure that there’ll be many people that won’t miss them, but they have to love our country. They’re Congress people, and I never used any names. … These are people that if they don’t like it here, they can leave. I don’t know who’s gonna miss them, but I guess some people will,” the president said.

“One of them is polling at 8 percent, so when I hear people speaking about how wonderful al Qaeda is, when I hear people talking about some people, some people – with the World Trade Center, some people? No, not some people. Much more than some people,” he said.

Trump said Omar came to the U.S. from “a failed government, a failed state.”

“When I hear the statements that they’ve made, and in one case, you have somebody that comes from Somalia - which is a failed government, a failed state – who left Somalia, who ultimately came here and now is a congresswoman who’s never happy, says horrible things about Israel, hates Israel, hates Jews, hates Jews,” the president said.

Without mentioning her by name, Trump made reference to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her efforts to block Amazon from moving to New York City.

“And if the Democrats want to wrap their bows around this group of four people – one of them kept Amazon out of New York – tens of thousands of jobs, would have been a great thing, and she kept Amazon from going. It would have been a good deal,” the president said.

“Maybe, but tens of thousands of jobs, and New York has not been the same since that happened. It’s really hurt New York and New York City. Amazon was going to go there, gonna relocate a major section of their business to New York. She kept them out. That was a terrible thing she did,” he said.

“I watched [Sen.] Lindsey Graham today on Fox and Friends talking about the same subject, and frankly, even stronger than what I’m saying. He said they’re communists. I’m saying that they’re socialists definitely. As to whether or not they’re communists, I would think they might be, but this isn’t what our country is about,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, Trump was asked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) statement that she believes Trump wants to make America white again.

He called it a “very racist statement.”

“That’s just a very racist statement, somebody that would say that so, Speaker Pelosi said make America white again. Let me tell you, that’s a very racist, that’s a very racist statement. I’m surprised she’d say that,” he said.


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