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PoliticsTrump calls on Omar to resign over remarks condemned as anti-Semitic

20:25  12 february  2019
20:25  12 february  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Speaker Pelosi admonishes freshman Omar over Israel tweet

Speaker Pelosi admonishes freshman Omar over Israel tweet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday insisted that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar immediately apologize for tweets saying that members of Congress are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Trump calls on Omar to resign over remarks condemned as anti-Semitic© The Hill President Trump joined others condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar. President Trump on Tuesday called on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to resign for comments on Israel that were criticized as anti-Semitic.

"I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee," Trump said of the freshman lawmaker.

Omar apologized on Monday for suggesting that U.S. support for a Jewish state is the result of money flowing from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

Democratic leaders not looking to punish Ilhan Omar after her apology for anti-Semitic remarks

Democratic leaders not looking to punish Ilhan Omar after her apology for anti-Semitic remarks House Democratic leaders do not plan to strip freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of her committee assignments or take other action against her for comments they said were offensive and invoked anti-Semitic tropes. 

The comments were quickly condemned by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders.

The president said Omar's comments are "deep seeded in her heart" and called her apology "lame."

Trump was similarly critical of Omar on Monday night but had stopped short of calling on the congresswoman to step down.

"I think she should be ashamed of herself," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Asked at the time what an appropriate response would be for Omar, Trump said, "She knows what to say."

Omar prompted criticism from members of both major parties on Sunday evening when she retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald's response to a story about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promising "action" toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) over their alleged anti-Semitism.

She captioned that retweet with the message, "It's all about the Benjamins baby," referring to money.

Asked who she "thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel," Omar replied "AIPAC!" referencing the pro-Israel lobbying group.

Trump responds to Ilhan Omar controversy: 'She should be ashamed of herself'

Trump responds to Ilhan Omar controversy: 'She should be ashamed of herself' President Trump on Monday lambasted Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar for accusing a pro-Israel lobbying group of buying lawmakers’ support for Israel, saying the congresswoman should be “ashamed.” “I think she should be ashamed of herself. I think it was a terrible statement and I don’t think her apology was adequate,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to a rally in El Paso. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The comments were quickly condemned by Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, who called her use of anti-Semitic tropes "deeply offensive."

Republican lawmakers had seized on Omar's tweets, with McCarthy and others urging Democrats to speak out against the freshman lawmaker.

House votes to take stand against anti-Semitism.
The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to take a stand against anti-Semitism in all forms and did it in an unexpected way. The vote was surprising because the language was added to an unrelated resolution on removing U.S. armed forces assisting the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen through a Republican motion to recommit. The motion to recommit is a procedural tool of the House minority, and it is typically used to message against a measure offered by the majority. The motion to recommit was adopted, 424-0, with two members voting present. The Yemen resolution passed 248-177.

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