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February 12, 2019 3:04 pm

President Trump Calls on Congresswoman Omar to Resign Over ‘Terrible’ AIPAC Tweets

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a news conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, Feb. 7, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Ernst / Files.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Democratic Congresswoman Ilan Omar to step down following a series of tweets she posted that were widely condemned as antisemitic.

The president’s statement came a day after the freshman legislator from Minnesota issued an apology in which she claimed she had never meant to “offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”

At a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said, “Antisemitism has no place in the United States Congress. And Congressman Omar is terrible, what she said. And 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 that her lame apology — and that’s what it was; it was lame, and she didn’t mean a word of it — was just not appropriate,” he added. “I think she should resign from Congress, frankly. But at a minimum, she shouldn’t be on committees, and certainly that committee.”

In the tweets in question, which were published on Sunday, the 37-year-old Omar suggested that AIPAC bought political support for Israel with donations to lawmakers.

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