Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he believes that Democratic U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar should resign after her comments about the pro-Israel lobby in the United States.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” said Trump, who has himself been criticized for remarks offensive to racial and ethnic minorities.
Omar was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for saying on Twitter that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, was paying U.S. politicians to support Israel.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic House leaders condemned her remarks, calling for an apology and saying anti-Semitism must be confronted and condemned. Omar apologized later that day.
Trump himself drew widespread criticism from Jewish groups and others after saying “both sides” were to blame after a 2017 Charlottesville rally where white supremacists carried Nazi flags and shouted anti-Semitic slogans, facing off with counter-protesters. Read more at Reuters