As the President was departing to Manchester, New Hampshire for a Thursday evening rally, the Commander in Chief spoke with the press and responded to Israel’s decision to deny access to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MN).
The Israeli government made a last-minute decision to ban Tlaib and Omar from entering the country ahead of their “planned visit” that was scheduled on Friday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement on Thursday that read in part: “No country in the world respects America and the American Congress more than the State of Israel. As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and work to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country.”
While speaking to the press, President Donald Trump was asked: “why he felt the need to get involved in the two Congresswomen’s trip to Israel.”
“I’m only involved from the standpoint of that they are very anti-Jewish and they’re very anti-Israel. I think it’s disgraceful the things they’ve said. You have lists… this isn’t just a one-line mistake that they’ve said about Israel and Jewish people– is a horrible thing. And they’ve become the face of the Democrat party,” the President said.
On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted, “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace! Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!” (Continued Below)
“If you look at their language, if you look at what they’ve said… if I ever said it, it would be a horrible month, to put it mildly. So, the things that they’ve said… Omar, Talib… what they’ve said is disgraceful,” President Trump said to the press.
“I can’t imagine why Israel would let them in. But if they want to let them in, they can. But I can’t imagine why they would do it,” he added.
Asked if he encouraged Israel to reject the Congresswomen, Trump replied, “No, I don’t encourage or discourage. I think that if Israel allowed them to come in for normal reasons, other than those reasons, I really believe that it would be a terrible thing for Israel. I think it would show a terrible sign. They want to do boycotts, they said horrible things about Jewish people, they said horrible things about Israel and Israelis. I think it would a terrible thing, frankly, to let these two people who speak so badly about Israel to come in.” (Video Below)
The Commander in Chief reiterated that Omar and Ilhan have become “the face of the Democrat party.”
“The Democrats don’t want to do anything to condemn them. If this were 10 years ago, or maybe if this were a different time, or different people, or whatever, they would be condemned for the things they’ve said. They’ve said some of the ‘worst’ things I’ve ever heard about Israel. So how can Israel say, ‘Oh, welcome.’ I don’t think it would be a good thing for Israel.”
President Trump’s remarks about Omar and Tlaib start at 1:00 and 7:25 in the video: