BALTIMORE -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has criticized President Donald Trump's tweets and comments that certain members of Congress should "go back" to other countries.
"I thought the comments were terrible and very unbecoming of a president," Hogan, a Republican, told WJZ-TV Tuesday night. "Totally inappropriate."
Hogan's statement, while critical of the president, stopped short of calling the president's tweets racist, as they've broadly been described.
Asked if the governor believes the president's tweets were racist, a spokeswoman for Hogan said the governor had nothing to add.
Hogan's office blasted out the quote on Wednesday morning as the governor headed to the annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield on the Eastern Shore.
Trump's initial tweets on Sunday targeted for Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
Three of the four targeted congresswomen -- U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan -- were born in the United States. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia and her family fled to the U.S. when she was a child.
Maryland's only Republican in Congress, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, defended Trump's comments as not racist.
"He could've meant 'go back to the district they came from' (or) to 'the neighborhood they came from,'" Harris said in an interview on WBAL Radio.
But a few hours later, Trump clarified that he did, in fact, mean they should leave the country.