Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left), Rashida Tlaib (centre) and Ayanna Pressley (right)

US President Donald Trump has been accused of racism after posting tweets attacking Democratic congresswomen.

He claimed the women “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”, before suggesting they “go back”.

The tweet was directed at a group of four congresswomen of colour; three were born and raised in the US while the fourth moved to the US as a child.

Republican Party representatives kept quiet amid a wave of criticism.

The women – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar, who came to the US as a refugee aged 12 – have all called the president racist, and have been backed by members of the Democratic Party.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx in New York, approximately 12 miles away from the Queens hospital where Mr Trump himself was born.

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