Trump wants US-Somali congresswoman to resign


US President Donald Trump wants US-Somali Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to resign over her tweets which implied US lawmakers only support Israel because of lobby money.

“I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” he said.

The Minnesota Democrat, who is also the first American-Somali to be elected to the US Congress, has apologised for the tweets, as we reported on Monday.

She faced widespread condemnation for suggesting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) was buying influence for pro-Israel policies.

Republicans and Democrats alike said the tweets stoked anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish people and money.

Ms Omar released a statement “unequivocally” apologising for her tweets, following an apparent conversation with Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi about the row.

“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,” Ms Omar said.

But Mr Trump called her apology “lame”.


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