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Donald Trump on Rep. Ilhan Omar: She ‘doesn’t really understand...real life’

April 16, 2019 GMT

President Trump said Monday he has no second thoughts about calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar, deeming her “extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful”for her comments on 9/11 and Israel.

“She’s been very disrespectful to this country. She’s been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is somebody that doesn’t really understand, I think, life, real life. What it’s all about,” the president said in an interview with KSTP ABC 5.

“It’s unfortunate. She’s got a way about her that’s very, very bad, I think for our country. I think she’s extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful,” he continued.

The president tweeted an edited video Friday of a Ms. Omar speech from last month in which she referred to the Sept. 11 attacks as “some people [doing] something,” spliced with footage of the attack on the World Trade Center.

Ms. Omar, Minnesota Democrat and one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, said in a statement Sunday that she has “experienced an increase in direct threats” on her life since Mr. Trump’s tweet.

Ms. Omar has faced accusations of anti-Semitism since criticizing pro-Israel lobbyist groups and questioning the loyalty of Jewish lawmakers who pushed back against her criticisms of the Israeli government.