But many leaders in the party are so far not weighing in publicly — include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “If he issues a statement on this we’ll be sure to forward,” said McConnell spokesman David Popp in response to a question from CNN.
While many Republican leaders in Congress have thus far not spoken out, some GOP members are weighing in publicly to condemn his comments. Here’s what some of those Republican senators and representatives have said so far:
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
Collins, who’s up for reelection next year, said Trump should take down his tweet.
“I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus — especially when it comes to their views on socialism, their anti-Semitic rhetoric, and their negative comments about law enforcement — but the President’s tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the ‘places from which they came’ was way over the line, and he should take that down.”
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio
Portman said in a statement to CNN, “That’s not something I would say, and I think it’s divisive, unnecessary and wrong.”
Rep. Will Hurd of Texas
Hurd, the sole black Republican House member, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Trump’s tweets were “racist.”
“I think those tweets are racist, and xenophobic,” Hurd said Monday. “They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States. Three of the four were born here. It’s also behavior that’s unbecoming of the leader of the free world. He should be talking about things that unite, not divide us.”
Rep. Pete Olson of Texas
Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
“Frankly I’m appalled by the President’s tweets,” Upton said in a series of tweets Monday. “There’s no excuse. Inflammatory rhetoric from both sides of the aisle that is used to divide us just isn’t right. It’s not helpful.”
Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
“President Trump was wrong to suggest that four left-wing congresswomen should go back to where they came from,” Toomey said in a statement. “Three of the four were born in America and the citizenship of all four is as valid as mine. I couldn’t disagree more with these congresswomen’s views on immigration, socialism, national security, and virtually every policy issue. But they are entitled to their opinions, however misguided they may be. We should defeat their ideas on the merits, not on the basis of their ancestry.”
Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan
Mitchell quoted Trump’s tweet in his response to the President on Monday.
“.@RealDonaldTrump, we must be better than comments like these,” he tweeted. “I share the political frustrations with some members of the other party, but these comments are beneath leaders.”
Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana
Brooks, who is retiring from Congress at the end of her term, issued a statement calling Trump’s comments “inappropriate.”
“The President’s remarks to my colleagues across the aisle are inappropriate and do not reflect American values,” Brooks said in a statement. “ALL of our elected officials need to raise their level of civility in order to address the serious issues facing our country.”
Rep. Peter King of New York
A King spokesman told CNN, “The tweets were inappropriate and wrong.”
This story will be updated Monday.
CNN’s Haley Byrd, Ashley Killough, Gregory Wallace, Ellie Kaufman, Ted Barrett, Clare Foran and Alex Rogers contributed to this report.