1. Trump surrounded by Special Olympics Committee members in Oval Office
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"(Reporter question: Mr. President, if I may, when your supporters last night were chanting chanting send her back. Why didn't you stop them. Why didn't you ask them to stop saying that?)
Well number one, I think I did. I started speaking very quickly. It really was a loud, I disagree with it by the way, but it was quite a chant and I felt a little bit badly about it. But I will say this, I did, and I started speaking very quickly. But it started up rather, rather fast as you probably noticed.
(Reporter: So you'll tell your supporters never to say that again?)
Well I would say that, I was not happy with it. I disagree with it. But again, I didn't say, I didn't say that, they did. But I disagree with it.
(Reporter: But they were echoing what you said in your first week, that they should go back.)
Well I don't think if you examine it, I don't think you'll find that. But I disagree with it. Anybody else?"
Greenville, North Carolina - 17 July 2019
3. UPSOUND: Donald Trump at rally, followed by crowd chanting "Send her back!"
"And obviously and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds...
(Crowd chants 'Send her back!')
She talked about the evil Israel and it's all about the Benjamins. Not a good thing to say..."
Washington, DC - 18 July 2019
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"(Reporter: But Mr. President, why did they do it?)
You'd have to ask them. You'd have to ask them, John. What I would suggest as to, I was not happy with it but what I would suggest, you go there, go to North Carolina and you ask the people why did they say that. But that's what they said, that's what they did.
(Reporter: But you'll stop them if they try to do it again?)
Well I didn't like that they did it and I started speaking very quickly. I could have, I could have stood back, excuse me. Really? If you would have heard, there was a tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else. I started very quickly and I think you know that. Well, I know maybe you're giving me too much credit. You're used to giving me too much credit. Thank you everybody."
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was unhappy with his supporters chanting "send her back" after he assailed a young Democratic congresswoman who he's suggested should leave the U.S.
Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump claimed he tried to stop the chant, which came after he recited a litany of complaints about Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who fled to the U.S. as a child with her family from violence-wracked Somalia.
Video shows the president pausing his remarks, appearing to drink in the uproar and not admonishing his supporters as they chanted.
"I was not happy with it," Trump said a day later as some prominent Republicans criticized the chant at the president's re-election event. He said he "would certainly try" to stop the chant should it return at a subsequent rally.
At the Wednesday campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump tore into four progressive freshman congresswomen who last weekend he tweeted should return to their native countries if they "hate America." Of the four, who strongly oppose many of Trump's policies, one is black, one is Hispanic and two are Muslim. All are American citizens, and three were born here.
Besides Omar, Trump has also been criticizing Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
So far, no GOP lawmakers are directly taking on Trump over the episode.
The muted reactions by congressional Republicans followed a pattern that's become familiar after numerous incidents in Trump's presidency when he's made antagonistic or racially provocative comments.