President Trump blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Monday for tweets she made suggesting that American lawmakers were motivated to defend Israel by money.
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, said in her apology statement.
“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”
In her apology, Omar stood by her criticism of AIPAC’s influence.
“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” Omar wrote.
“I think she should be ashamed of herself,” he told reporters on Air Force One while heading to a rally in El Paso, Texas.
“I think it was a terrible statement, and I don’t think her apology was adequate.”
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