Trump distances himself from ‘send her back’ chants at rally Jul 19, 2019 0 512 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONFacing a backlash, US President Donald Trump on Thursday distanced himself from supporters’ chants of “send her back” after he criticised Somali-born Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar at a rally in North Carolina.“I felt a little bit badly about it,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the chants at Wednesday night’s rally, which drew an outpouring of criticism from Democrats and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans.Trump paused for 11 seconds when the chants erupted after he recounted comments by Omar, who was born in Somalia and emigrated to the United States, that he described as “vicious anti-Semitic screeds.” He told reporters at the White House he had started speaking very quickly after the chanting began, but he did not say he would ask his supporters to refrain from such behaviour.“I would say that I was not happy with it. I disagreed with it. But again I didn’t say that. They did. And I disagreed with it,” Trump said.Omar was one of four liberal lawmakers - all women of color - that Trump criticized as un-American, saying they were welcome to leave the country if they did not like his policies on issues such as immigration and defending Israel.Meanwhile, Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar branded Donald Trump a “fascist” on Thursday as the president sought to distance himself from mocking chants of “Send her back!” directed at the Somali-born lawmaker by his supporters.“We have said this president is racist, we have condemned his racist remarks,” said Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress. “I believe he is a fascist.” POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES EU interior ministers fail to agree on migrant rescue plan Jul 19, 2019 0 237 British lawmakers back legal move to block no-deal Brexit Jul 19, 2019 0 237 Hawaiian protesters reject telescope project but state vows to proceed Jul 19, 2019 0 1631 Poland probes Russian-made FaceApp behind viral ‘aged selfies’ over security risks Warsaw: Poland said on Thursday it was looking into the potential security risks of using a Russian-made face-editing app that has triggered a viral social media trend where users post ‘aged selfies’. The EU country’s .. Ukraine agrees prisoner swap with pro-Russian separatists KIEV: Ukraine and Russia have agreed a prisoner swap expected to involve a total of 277 people taken captive in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a senior Ukrainian official said on Thursday. Roman Bezsmertny said Kiev .. Paris orders schools near Notre-Dame cleaned over lead fears Paris: Local authorities in Paris have ordered a “deep clean” at schools around the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral, a city official said on Thursday, following a media report claiming the extent of contamination .. Argentina brands Hezbollah terrorist organisation, freezes assets BUENOS AIRES: Argentinian authorities designated Hezbollah, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organisation on Thursday and ordered the freezing of the Lebanese Islamist group’s assets in the .. We don’t want a hard Brexit, says incoming EU chief REUTERS BERLIN The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds, adding that an orderly departure was important to .. Johnson kicks up a stink with Brexit fish tale London: Brandishing a kipper at a packed campaign event, Boris Johnson railed against EU red tape he said was punishing the producer of the smoked fish, only to be accused by Brussels on Thursday of “fake news”. Johnson ..