President Trump praised Alex Acosta in a joint news conference where the Labor Secretary announcing he will be resigning at the end of July. Trump said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is not a racist and that freshman Congresspeople like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are being "disrespectful."
"I think Cortez is being very disrespectful to somebody that's been there a long time," Trump said Friday. "I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot and we go back and forth and it's fine. But I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful."
"I don't think that Nancy can let that go on," Trump added.
QUESTION: What do you think of the (INAUDIBLE) going on among Democrats in Congress (INAUDIBLE)?
TRUMP: Well, I think Cortez, who kept Amazon out of New York and they don't like her for that--thousands and thousands of jobs--I think Cortez is being very disrespectful to somebody that's been there a long time. I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot and we go back and forth and it's fine. But I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful for--to her. And you know what? I don't think that Nancy can let that go on. A group of people that came to I don't know where they came from. I'm looking at this Omar from Minnesota and if one half of the things they're saying about her are true she shouldn't even be in office. But Cortez should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect. She should not be doing what she's doing.
And I'll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do--she is not a racist. OK? She is not a racist. For them to call her a racist is a disgrace.
QUESTION: (INAUDIBLE) are you (INAUDIBLE)?
TRUMP: Yeah, very importantly today in a few hours--Vice President Pence and the Head of Homeland Security are taking the (INAUDIBLE) and Congress people into detention centers. And we're the ones that said they were crowded. They are crowded because we have a lot of people. But they're in good shape. And the reason is because the fake news New York Times wrote phony stories what border control is doing. They've become nurses and janitors and doctors. And they're not trained for that. What they've done is so incredible. So they're touring detention centers and that was my idea because I read a phony story in the New York Times or the other day about the detention centers, about the conditions.
And I had people calling me up at the highest levels from border patrol and ICE almost crying about that phony story. And they never saw anything. They have phony sources. They don't even have sources. They write whatever they want. The New York Times is a very dishonest newspaper. They write what they want. What they do is a tremendous disservice to this country. They are truly the enemy of the people I tell you that. The enemy of the people. And what they wrote about detention centers is unfair. It's not--I believe it is going to the be the senate (INAUDIBLE) but they are taking a tour. I'd love to be there but I'm going to Ohio, Wisconsin. I'll be going. I'll be going. I've seen it. I've seen it. These centers are--I heard Ocasio say they're drinking out of toilets. She made that up, ok? That's a phony story she made it up.
And these people--I tell you what--I've been with ICE and I've been with border patrol a lot. They love those people coming across the border. They love them and I've seen it. They love them.