Trump news - live: Congresswoman Ilhan Omar labels president ‘fascist’ over racist tweets row as Iran denies claim US shot down its drone

Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump has attempted to distance himself from the “send her home” chants made against Somalia-born Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar at his rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday night as she branded him a “fascist” upon returning to her constituency in Minnesota to a hero’s welcome.

Iran has meanwhile refuted the president’s claim that the USS Boxer, a US Navy amphibious assault ship, shot down one of its drones in the Strait of Hormuz, insisting all of its unmanned surveillance craft have returned home safely to their bases.

In Washington, Mr Trump's former director of communications, Hope Hicks, has been asked to return to the House Judiciary Committee to answer for inconsistencies between her testimony on the “hush money” payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal and information revealed by the unsealing of court records by federal prosecutors in New York, which indicated Mr Trump had engaged in a flurry of phone calls with aides regarding the matter in 2016.

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