Geraldo Rivera said tonight he’s “saddened” by President Donald Trump engaging in racist and xenophobic language to go after the four female progressive congresswomen who held a press conference today to respond.

He emphasized that he considers Trump a friend and said it “pains me for him to take the low road”:

“I was really saddened by what he said, invoking the language of racism and xenophobia in describing these four women. I thought it was very unnecessary. He picked a fight he didn’t have to. The Democrats were doing a great job at destroying themselves and being divided and he united them gratuitously…”