Republican women leaders tell Trump to chill

Republican Reps. Mia Love of Utah and Elise Stefanik of New York on Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to cool it with the incendiary comments and tweets, adding that the GOP should focus more on policy and efforts to advance female candidates.

During a Women Rule panel discussion hosted by POLITICO, the two members of Congress discussed the challenges of being women in the Republican Party, including dealing with at-times inhospitable behavior by male party leadership.

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For Love, the issue has come under the spotlight personally. Trump singled her out during a news conference just after this year’s midterm elections and mocked her for losing her seat. Love, the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, said she was taken aback by Trump’s assertion that she did not adequately embrace him on the campaign trail.

“Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia,” Trump said during the Nov. 7 news conference.

Love had an opportunity to respond Tuesday, saying she ran on her own principles and was not remorseful for diverging from Trump on certain issues.

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