Trump tells four Democrat congresswomen to 'go back' to their 'broken and crime infested' countries

President Donald Trump has said that four Democrat congresswomen from countries "whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came."

Although Trump did not explicitly state which freshmen congresswomen he was referring to, his remarks follow his attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, where he asserted that he "doesn't even know where they came from".

"So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," he tweeted.

"Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!"

The backlash was swift, with some condemning Trump's remarks as racist and xenophobic. "These women are American citizens. They are doing the most patriotic thing available to them: questioning and critiquing their government," wrote one Twitter user, while another corroborated "Three of the four were born here, so you may be right about fixing the place where they were born. The fourth is a citizen. All were elected by a majority. You fail on all counts."

Trump's comments coincide with infighting between House Democrats, most notably between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who accused Pelosi of "explicitly singling out" the "newly elected women of color," after the Speaker told The New York Times that Ocasio-Cortez "didn't have any following".