Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slammed U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for politicizing the 9/11 terror attacks in an attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who she defended against accusations of anti-Semitism.
“I don’t think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category,” Pelosi, America's top Democrat, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Pelosi also rejected any allegations of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party.
“We have no taint of that [anti-Semitism],” she added, suggesting that Trump was only resorting to that attack as he "is out of ideas," but refused to further attack Trump while overseas. “And just because they want to accuse somebody of that doesn’t mean that we take that bait.”
Trump on Monday escalated his feud with Omar, accusing her on Twitter of making “anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements.”
The comments came a day after the Minnesota Democrat said she has faced increased death threats since Trump spread a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
She’s accused Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism and urged him to stop.
Trump also went after Pelosi, accusing her of having “lost all control of Congress” and “getting nothing done.” Before she decides to “defend her leader, Rep. Omar,” she should look at her past comments, he said.
He asserted, without evidence, that Omar is “out of control, except for her control of Nancy!”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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