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USA: Trump welcomes Israeli decision to ban congresswomen02:07

USA: Trump welcomes Israeli decision to ban congresswomen

United States, Morristown
August 16, 2019 at 02:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump welcomed Israel's decision to block two Democratic lawmakers, both of whom are prominent critics of the Israeli government, from visiting, when speaking to reporters on the runway at Morristown, New Jersey, on Thursday.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were due to visit the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem next week. Supportes of the boycott movement against Israel can be prevented from visiting the country under Israeli law.

Describing previous comments from the pair as "horrible" and "terrible", Trump said: "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."

Israel defended its decision to ban the women, despite hosting many congressional delegations - believing they would "harm the state of Israel".

Trump refused to comment on whether he had consulted close ally and Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu over the issue.

Tlaib, the first member of the US Congress of Palestinian descent, and Omar, the Somali-born naturalised citizen, were the subject of attacks from the president earlier this year, when he told them to "go back" to the countries that their families were from.

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US President Donald Trump welcomed Israel's decision to block two Democratic lawmakers, both of whom are prominent critics of the Israeli government, from visiting, when speaking to reporters on the runway at Morristown, New Jersey, on Thursday.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were due to visit the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem next week. Supportes of the boycott movement against Israel can be prevented from visiting the country under Israeli law.

Describing previous comments from the pair as "horrible" and "terrible", Trump said: "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."

Israel defended its decision to ban the women, despite hosting many congressional delegations - believing they would "harm the state of Israel".

Trump refused to comment on whether he had consulted close ally and Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu over the issue.

Tlaib, the first member of the US Congress of Palestinian descent, and Omar, the Somali-born naturalised citizen, were the subject of attacks from the president earlier this year, when he told them to "go back" to the countries that their families were from.

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