Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, defended President Trump's tweets about four U.S. congresswomen, saying on his tweets were not racist because Trump has an "Asian woman of color in his Cabinet," referring to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his attacks against four first-year Democratic congresswomen on Monday after earlier telling them to "go back" to the "places from which they came" in a series of weekend tweets that Democrats and other critics called racist.

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