Trump calls Tlaib ‘crazed lunatic’ at teen summit

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President Donald Trump speaks at Turning Point USA's Teen Student Action Summit 2019, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Washington.

Washington — President Donald Trump is lashing out at another member of the “squad” of Democratic congresswomen of color as he addresses Turning Point USA’s Teen Student Action Summit.

Trump criticized Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan at the conservative youth gathering Tuesday, saying, “There’s no way she stands for the values of the people of Michigan.”

He’s also calling her “vicious” and “a crazed lunatic.”

Trump has been engaged in a back-and-forth with the women, following tweets considered racist that he fired off suggesting they return to their countries, though all are American citizens and all but one born in the U.S.

Denzel McCampbell, a spokesman for Tlaib, responded, saying, "When was the last time President Trump talked about policy that benefits working Americans?"

"He knows his policies and values are not in line with most of Americans and instead is using rhetoric to distract and incite hate and bigotry," McCampbell told The Detroit News. 

"In 2016, Congresswoman Tlaib asked then-candidate Trump if he had ever read the Constitution. From his actions in office, it's clear either he has not or is willfully ignoring it. She's focused on policies that will bring justice, equity, and fairness to her residents and people across the country — it's time for President Trump to do the same."

Turning Point USA describes itself as a youth organization dedicated to educating and training and students “to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government.”

Watch the presidents comments here:

Detroit News Staff Writer Sarah Rahal contributed to this report.