Trump calls Ilhan Omar's apology 'lame,' says she should resign


AIPAC is a nonprofit organization that works to influence U.S. policy toward Israel.

"This goes into the anti-Semitic trope of Jews using their money to control our world's politics, our nation's politicians", Strauss said.

"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.

While Omar has been in office less than two months, she's been surrounded by a number of controversies involving anti-Semitism.

The editorial called Omar's apology for her latest tweets, in which she suggested the financial clout of the pro-Israel lobbying organization AIPAC was responsible for Republican lawmakers's support for Israel, "grudging".

"This is why I unequivocally apologise".

The comments received swift condemnation from members of congress on both sides of the aisle, including from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before the House Judiciary Committee
When Whitaker seemingly tried to joke about timing with another Democratic committee member, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., about the conditions under which he would testify.

Omar persisted: "My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole". Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel said he would not tolerate them and found it "shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of "Jewish money.'" He said he will emphasize to members of the panel of both parties that the American-Israeli relationship is important". In recent weeks, Jewish lawmakers have huddled privately to discuss what they should do about their new colleagues, who openly criticize Israel and have made insensitive comments about Jews and Jewish Americans.

Omar was responding to a tweet from Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who argued on Twitter that the Republicans' move to equate Omar and Tlaib's criticism of Israel to the embrace of white supremacist rhetoric by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, "is obscene". Another tweet mentioned "the Benjamins", a reference to $100 bills. The popular weeklong excursions for members of Congress, their families and some senior staff can cost upward of $12,000 per person and are meant to "educate political leaders and influencers about the importance of the US - Israel relationship through firsthand experiences". Her apology came at the urging of Democratic leaders.

Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Omar's words only serve to fuel bigotry.

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a news conference to call on Congress to cut funding for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 7, 2019. And it's not the first time she's fought accusations of anti-Semitism.

Others welcomed Omar's apology, saying right-wing forces level accusations of anti-Semitism to divide the progressive movement.

Monday was the second time in three weeks that Omar walked back comments on Israel.

Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon asked her to clarify who is "paying American politicians to be pro-Israel". Elaine Luria of Virginia and Max Rose of NY, explicitly denounced her remarks. In 2012 she wrote, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evildoings of Israel". And she later expressed regret while on "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah", saying she had to "take a deep breath and understand where people were coming from and what point they were trying to make".