FILE - Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
FILE - Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

WASHINGTON - The White House is describing comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy as “abhorrent.”

Presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is praising the move by House Republicans to strip the nine-term Iowa lawmaker of his committee assignments.

FILE - Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, talks with a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 27, 2018.
Congressman Loses Committee Posts Over Racist Remarks
U.S. Rep. Steve King says a decision by House Republican leaders to remove him from several committees in response to comments he made about white nationalism and white supremacy is "a political decision that ignores the truth."House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday that King, who is in his ninth term representing Iowa, will not be given committee assignments in the Congress that began this month.

King was quoted last week by The New York Times as saying: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

Those comments were widely denounced as racist.

The House on Tuesday approved a Democratic measure rebuking King. In addition, a member of the Republican leadership suggested that King leave Congress.

At the White House, Sanders says King’s comments were, in her words, “abhorrent.”

When President Donald Trump was asked on Monday about King’s remarks, he said: “I haven’t been following it.”