President Donald Trump said he would not apologize to Rep. Ilhan Omar for the criticism he received after her comments from 9/11, and said that she & # 39; was very disrespectful to this country & # 39; when Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of using the terrorist attacks like a & # 39; political tool & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Not at all & # 39 ;, the president said when asked if he had a second thought about a video he tweeted that the Minnesota Democrat demanded increased death threats to her life.
& # 39; Look, she has been very disrespectful towards this country. She has been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is someone who does not really understand life. Really, what it's all about, & he told KSTP, a television station in Minneapolis, during his visit to Minnesota on Monday.
President Donald Trump said he would not apologize to Rep. Ilhan Omar for the criticism he received after her 9/11 comments
Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of using the terrorist attacks as a & # 39; political instrument & # 39;
& # 39; It's unfortunate. She has a way around her, that's very, really, I think, for our country. I think she is extremely unpatriotic and very disrespectful to our country, & he added.
Pelosi, meanwhile, doubled down on her criticism of Trump on Tuesday, charged with playing politics with a national tragedy.
& # 39; I criticized the President for using 9/11 video as a political tool. I think he was wrong doing that, & she said to CNN. & # 39; What the president did was not right. & # 39;
Omar, a 36-year-old freshman democrat and mother of three children, has been a subject of grief for the Democrats and a target for Republicans after a series of controversies. First there were her statements that were considered anti-Semitic and then there was her description of the September 11 terrorist attacks & # 39; Some people have done something. & # 39;
She accused the president's tweets of increasing death threats in her life, in particular a video he broadcasted Friday.
& # 39; Since the president's tweet Friday night, I have experienced an increase in immediate threats to my life – many directly referring to or responding to the president's video & # 39 ;, Omar said in a statement Sunday.
& # 39; Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, let alone the supreme commander of our country. We are all Americans. This puts lives at risk. It must stop, & she said.
The video in question was fixed at the top of Trump's Twitter page, but is now just in its normal place in its feed.
& # 39; WE WILL NEVER TAKE & # 39 ;, he tweeted on Friday evening, accompanied by a 43-second video showing Omar & # 39; s comment during a speech to the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), interspersed with images of 11 September 2001.
In her speech for CAIR last month – the footage surfaced last week – Omar said: “We have lived far too long with the inconvenience of being a second-class citizen, and to be honest, I'm tired of every Muslim in this country would be tired of it.
& # 39; CAIR was established after 9/11 because they acknowledged that some people were doing something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties. & # 39;
As the controversial remarks reappeared, Omar defended what she said, with an example by George W. Bush who made similar remarks in the aftermath of the tragedy and marked the difference in response.
Omar has said that the furore surrounding the comments – which she thinks were taken out of context – stems from the fact that she is Muslim and not white.
& # 39; Was Bush trivialize the terrorist attack? What if he was a Muslim, & she asked on Twitter.
Rep. Omar has been a subject of grief for the Democrats and a target for Republicans after a series of controversies
Trump tweeted & WE WILL NEVER NEED & # 39; with a video in which Omar showed that & # 39; some people did something & # 39 ;. 9/11 speech crossed with video about the disaster
Democrats hurried to defend the freshman lawmaker, who wrote history last year when Minnesotans elected her to Congress. She is one of the two Muslim women who serve in the legislative body.
But some liberals have wondered if Pelosi has done enough to defend Omar.
& # 39; They place us on photos & # 39; s if they want to show that our party is diverse. However, when we ask to sit at the table or speak out on issues that affect who we are, what we fight for and why we were driven in the first place, we are ignored. To truly honor our diversity, it is never silent from us, & # 39; freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the only other Muslim woman in Congress, tweeted on Saturday, referring to another tweet that complained that the party leadership was not supportive.
Pelosi told CNN that she had no chance to talk to Omar because she is traveling. She is visiting the UK with other legislators.
& # 39; I have not had a chance to talk to her, I am traveling, & # 39; she said.
The speaker on Sunday called on President Trump to remove the video that Omar criticized from his Twitter feed.
& # 39; The president's words weigh heavily, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must remove his disrespectful and dangerous video & # 39 ;, said Pelosi in a statement from London.
She also said that she has asked Capitol police to investigate any threats to the first-year Democrat from Minnesota.
& # 39; After the President's tweet, I spoke with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol police conduct a security review to protect Congresswoman Omar, her family, and her staff. They will continue to monitor and address the threats they encounter, & Pelosi said.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (right) with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (left), one of the liberal left, wonders if enough has been done to protect the first-year legislator
Omar divided the Democrats during her final controversy, starting with her claim, later withdrawn, that money Jews buy the support of American lawmakers with a strategy that has everything to do with baby Benjamins & # 39 ;.
Then she resumed the controversy when she said supporters of Israel were forcing American politicians & # 39; loyalty & # 39; to that nation.
A fight broke out between the older, powerful, more moderate Jewish members of Congress who accused Omar of anti-Semitism and the younger, progressive members who stormed the House of Representatives after the elections in 2018 and defended Omar's right to speak.
But all of Omar's controversies have one thing in common: they have transferred the anger of the republicans to the democrats.
Pelosi & # 39; s call came after White House press representative, Sarah Sanders, said on Sunday that President Trump & # 39; no harm & # 39; wants against Omar, but added that he correctly mentioned her comments on the September 11 attacks.
"Certainly, the president does not want any bad will, and certainly no violence against anyone other than the president is absolute and should not only call the congresswoman for her once, but also a history of anti-Semitic comments." Sanders on ABC & # 39; s & # 39; This Week. & # 39;