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Politics'He is not a racist': Trump campaign aide Mercedes Schlapp

16:55  21 july  2019
16:55  21 july  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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But campaign aides have acknowledged that Mr. Trump ’s tweets on Sunday — in which he used an age-old racist adage in One campaign aide , Mercedes Schlapp , retweeted criticism of the chant, promoting a commentator on Twitter to write that Ms. Omar was “an American citizen and chanting for

Trump repeatedly and vehemently denies any racism , and he has deleted some offensive tweets. The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi racist website that has endorsed Trump , sees A version of this article appears in print on , Section SR, Page 11 of the New York edition with the headline: Is He a Racist ?.

'He is not a racist': Trump campaign aide Mercedes Schlapp© Susan Walsh/AP, FILE Communications adviser Mercedes Schlapp conducts an interview in the press briefing at the White House in Washington, Jan. 29, 2019.

Mercedes Schlapp, a Trump campaign aide, defended President Donald Trump amid ongoing and escalating attacks aimed at four freshman congresswomen on Sunday.

"I have worked with President Trump for two years and he is not a racist," Schlapp, who left the White House in June to join the campaign told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."

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Mercedes and Matt Schlapp , both veterans of the George W. Bush campaign and White House Mercedes and Matt Schlapp began their careers on President George W. Bush’s campaign and She’s a strategic adviser in President Donald Trump ’s West Wing. He ’s a lobbyist who moonlights as

Mercedes Schlapp (née Viana; born December 27, 1972) is an American lobbyist, and columnist. From September 2017 to July 2019, she served as White House Director of Strategic Communications in

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Schlapp's comments follow the president's shifting response to the backlash that erupted after thousands of rally goers at his Greenville, North Carolina, rally chanted "send her back" about a sitting congresswomen last week.

The chants themselves came only days after the president launched an attack on four progressive congresswomen of color, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass, telling them to "go back" to the countries they came from.

Three of the representatives were born in the U.S., while as a child Omar came to the U.S. as a refugee. All four are duly elected members of Congress.

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Mercedes Schlapp , the White House director of strategic communications, is leaving the White House to join the Trump campaign . “Thrilled to be joining the President’s re-election campaign ! @realDonaldTrump is the best fighter for the American people we have ever had and he will be

President Donald Trump has spent much of the past day insisting he ’s definitely not mad about the The House Speaker has since been engaged in a very public trolling campaign , telling reporters After less than a minute, he turned back to another aide , Mercedes Schlapp , and asked her what Trump — and this is not a joke, watch the video above — then proceeded to make Larry Kudlow , his

But while the Trump campaign initially defended the rally chant, the president on Thursday told reporters in the Oval Office that he "was not happy with it" and "I disagree with it." However, Trump appeared to walked back his disavowal of the chant the next day, telling reporters when asked about the chant: "No, you know what I'm unhappy with -- the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country," the president said.

"I'm unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman can say anti-Semitic things. I'm unhappy with the fact that a congresswoman, in this case a different congresswoman, can call our country and our people 'garbage.' That's what I'm unhappy with," Trump said.

The president also argued last week that he "very quickly" started talking once the "send her back" chants started, despite letting the chant go on for about 13 seconds without saying a word. When pushed by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on why he didn't begin speaking sooner, the president he did.

"If you would have heard, there was a tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else," he said. "I started very quickly. And I think you know that."

The president later tweeted that he "did nothing to lead people on, nor was I particularly happy with their chant." President Trump also continued to praise rally goers as "a very big and patriotic crowd. They love the USA!"

This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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