Donald Trump calls Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's apology for Israel remark 'lame', says she should resign from House

Donald Trump said that Ilhan Omar's apology was 'lame and she didn't mean a word of it.' He added that she should 'either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.'

The Associated Press February 13, 2019 11:39:56 IST
Donald Trump calls Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's apology for Israel remark 'lame', says she should resign from House
  • Trump said that Representative Ilhan Omar's apology, for suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, was lame

  • Trump told reporters at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress

  • He said that she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Washington: President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that freshman Representative Ilhan Omar's apology, for suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, was "lame" and that she should resign.

In a pair of tweets over the weekend, the Minnesota Democrat, who is one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. "It's all about the Benjamins baby," she wrote, using slang for $100 bills.

Asked on Twitter who she thought was paying members of Congress to support Israel, Omar responded, "AIPAC!"

Trump told reporters at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that "anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress." The president said it was "terrible" what Omar said.

"I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. What she said is so deep-seated in her heart." He said her apology was "lame and she didn't mean a word of it."

Omar said she had no intention of offending anyone, including Jewish Americans, when she insinuated that lobbyists were paying lawmakers to support Israel. She "unequivocally" apologized.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted later on Tuesday:

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