Trump rips Rep. Omar: She should be ashamed of herself

Trump says Rep. Ilhan Omar's apology over anti-Israel tweets is not adequate.

Elad Benari,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Monday night ripped Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar after she said on Twitter that lawmakers’ support for Israel was influenced by money.

“I think it was a terrible statement,” the president told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to the Washington Times.

“I think she should be ashamed of herself. And I don’t think her apology was adequate,” he added.

Omar, a Muslim congresswoman from Minnesota, caused an uproar on Sunday after she responded on Twitter to a threat two days earlier by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to take action against her because of her past statements on Israel by saying, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby”, a reference to $100 bill featuring Benjamin Franklin.

Her seeming implication that McCarthy was attacking her at the behest of the pro-Israel lobby was made clear with her subsequent response to a tweet by Batya Ungar-Sargon, an editor at The Forward, who tweeted, “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess.”

“AIPAC!” Omar replied.

Democratic leaders blasted Omar for her comments, as did Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, who said, “We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”

Jewish leaders criticized the comments as well. The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) denounced Omar and urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders to strip her of her committee assignments.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said, “As much as this is offensive to the Jewish community and pro-Israel Americans, it is an offense to all members of Congress, suggesting that their positions on issues are available for purchase.”

In an attempt to do damage control, Omar on Monday apologized for the tweets.

At the same time, she said she reaffirms “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."