BISMARCK — North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong was not among a handful of Republicans to back a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for what the resolution called "racist comments," Tuesday, July 16.

Armstrong had been critical of the president's suggestion that four minority congresswomen "go back" to the countries from which they came. In a statement Monday, Armstrong called the tweets "mean-spirited and factually inaccurate" because three of them were born in the U.S. and all four are U.S. citizens.

Armstrong, who met his wife while she attended the University of North Dakota in an exchange program with her university in Norway, called it "just wrong to tell any U.S. citizen to ‘go back to where they came from.'"

In a Wednesday morning statement, Armstrong called the House's vote "political theater."

"We’d serve our citizens a lot better if we got to work on the issues that are important to people in North Dakota and all across the country," he added.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 240-187 to approve the resolution. Four Republicans and one independent voted in favor.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Chairwoman Kylie Oversen called it "disappointing Congressman Kelly Armstrong could not put politics aside and stand up to the President's abhorrent message."