Gillibrand on Trump: 'His tweet was sexist and intended to be a smear'

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NEWBURGH -

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand returned home after this week's spat with President Donald Trump in Washington, and she says she's not backing down.

Gillibrand visited Newburgh Friday to discuss federal funding for school kids on the heels of bipartisan, anti-harassment legislation she co-introduced Thursday.

The bill follows sexual harassment allegations against President Trump, Gillibrand's calls for him to step down and the president's Twitter attacks against her in response. 

"His tweet was sexist and intended to be a smear," Gillibrand said Friday. "It was also intended to silence me and the women who stood up against him."

A White House spokeswoman said the president's remarks could be only be considered sexist "if your mind is in the gutter."

Gillibrand says the Reform Act, which would change the way Congress handles harassment and discrimination claims, could be voted on as early as next week. 

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