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Pelosi campaigns for Ilhan Omar's safety and asks Trump to play videos

House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday that she had taken steps to ensure the safety of Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Trump posted a tweet on a video that critics said the Minnesota Democrats rejected the September 11 terrorist attacks ,

The Californian Democrat also urged Trump to take the video. The same day, the video was no longer anchored on top of Trump's Twitter feed, though it was not clear if this was due to Pelosis request.

Pelosi was among the many Democrats who had criticized Trump for the tweets. Some have accused him of trying to provoke violence against the Muslim legislator.


The White House defended Trump last Sunday. He said that the president has a duty to highlight the story of Omar, whose comments were perceived as offensive by others, and that he did not want the "first-time" legislator to have "bad intentions".

Pelosi, who was in London, said she had spoken to Trump's tweet with the congressional authorities to make sure that the Capitol Police conducted a security clearance to protect Congressman Omar, her family, and her staff.

"They will continue to monitor and respond to the threats they face," the spokesman said. She called on Trump to stop such behavior.

"The President's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and seditious rhetoric creates real danger," Pelosi said. "President Trump must record his irreverent and dangerous video."

The video in Trump's Tweet contained an excerpt from a speech recently delivered by Omar to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). She had said in her defense of the organization that CAIR had been established after September 11, 2001, "because they realized that some people were doing something and we all started losing access to our civil liberties." CAIR had been established in the Year 1994.

The video, which was tweeted by Trump, also included news material on the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. Trump called his tweet "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

Critics accused Omar of giving the assailants who killed almost 3,000 people a fleeting description. Later, she tried to defend herself by tweeting a quote from President George W. Bush. Days after 9/11, the Republican president called the attackers "humans."


Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary, asked why the Democrats did not follow Trump's example and exclaimed Omar. Democrats who criticized the president for tweeting defended Omar. Some also noted her earlier disagreements with her.

"The president does not want bad will and certainly no violence against anyone, but the president is absolute and should call the congressman for her not once, but the history of anti-Semitic comments," said Sanders. "The bigger question is, why do not Democrats do the same? It is absolutely repugnant, the comments that she continues to make and did, and they look the other way. "

Omar has repeatedly driven Democrats into uncomfortable territory with comments about Israel and the strength of his influence in Washington. She apologized for suggesting that lawmakers support Israel for pay and said she does not criticize Jews. However, she refused to take back a tweet in which she suggested American supporters of Israel to give allegiance to a foreign country.


Representative Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat whose constituents include Manhattan's financial district, was attacked on September 11, 2001, said he had no problem characterizing the attack by Omar.

"I had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not – but not with this," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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