U.S. House set to block maverick Democrat's effort to impeach Trump

Maria Masferrer is shown on campus at Florida International University in Miami. The 20-year old college student who recently became a U.S. citizen said President Trump's controversial comments directed at four

Maria Masferrer is shown on campus at Florida International University in Miami. The 20-year old college student who recently became a U.S. citizen said President Trump's controversial comments directed at four

US President Donald Trump has tweeted out comments made by a Republican senator who branded the "squad" of four freshman Democratic congresswomen who accused him of racism as "the four horsewomen of the apocalypse".

Mr Green had failed twice before to get an impeachment resolution passed, but Wednesday marked the first time the full House had addressed the matter since Democrats took the majority earlier this year.

Trump's tweets were directed at four freshman congresswomen from the left-wing of the Democratic Party: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI.

But even facing certain defeat, the vote risked deepening the already raw rift between liberal Democrats itching to oust Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders.

The vote comes two days after Trump tweeted that four Democratic freshmen should "go back" to their home countries - though all are citizens and three were born in the U.S. The rebuke Tuesday night carries no legal repercussions.

Trump tweeted the comments in apparent agreement with Kennedy amid accusations from the congresswomen that he is "racist". Green., we have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in.

Trump's tweets were interpreted by some political observers as an attempt to rally his conservative base and associate the entire Democratic Party with its most left-leaning members ahead of the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. "I don't have a Racist bone in my body!" as he urged House Republicans to "not show 'weakness" in the face of "a Democrat con game". "That is the serious path that we are on", Pelosi told reporters.