House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday that she had taken steps to ensure the safety of the representative, Ilhan Omar, following President Trump's tweet on a video that, according to critics, showed that the Democrat of Minnesota rejected the attacks of September 11th.
The California Democrat also asked Trump to remove the video. The same day, the video was no longer at the top of Trump's Twitter feed, although it's unclear if it was at Pelosi's request.
Pelosi was one of many Democrats who had criticized Trump about the tweet, with some accusing him of attempting to incite violence against the Muslim legislator.
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The White House defended Trump on Sunday, saying the president had a duty to point out Omar's comments that the others had found offensive and that he did not want any "bad will" from the first legislator.
Pelosi, who was traveling to London, issued a statement that she had spoken with congressional authorities after Trump's tweet "to ensure that the Capitol police conducts a security assessment to protect MP Omar, his family and his staff ".
"They will continue to monitor and respond to threats to it," said the speaker. She called Trump to discourage such behavior.
"The president's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and incendiary rhetoric creates a real danger," Pelosi said. "President Trump must take his disrespectful and dangerous video."
The video in Trump's tweet included an excerpt from Omar's recent speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). She had stated, in her defense of the organization, that CAIR had been founded after September 11, 2001 "because they recognized that some people had done something and we were all starting to lose the money. access to our civil liberties. " In 1994.
The video tweeted by Trump also included press footage of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. Trump said in his tweet: "We will never forget!"
Critics accused Omar of offering a casual description of the attackers who killed nearly 3,000 people. She then sought to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W. Bush. A few days after September 11, the Republican president described the attackers as "people".
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Sarah Sanders, press secretary at the White House, asked why the Democrats did not follow the example of Trump and did not ask for Omar either. Democrats who criticized the president for the tweet defended Omar. Some also noted their past disagreements with her.
"Of course, the president does not want any ill-will and no violence against anyone, but he must absolutely call the member for her, not only once but also a long history of anti-Semitic comments," he said. said Sanders. "The big question is why do not the Democrats do the same thing? It is absolutely abominable the comments she continues to make and that she has made and they look away. "
Omar has repeatedly pushed his fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory with commentary on Israel and the strength of its influence in Washington. She apologized for suggesting that legislators support Israel for pay and said it does not criticize Jews. But she refused to repeat a tweet in which she suggested to American supporters of Israel to "pledge allegiance" to a foreign country.
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Representative Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat whose constituents understand the Manhattan financial district, who was targeted on September 11, 2001, said he had no problem with Omar's description of the attack. .
"I had some problems with some of his other remarks, but not – but not with that one," he said.
Associated Press contributed to this report.