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Pelosi checks on Omar's security after Trump 9/11 tweet

April 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – A video of Rep. Ilhan Omar talking about 9/11 and a tweet President Trump posted in response are continuing to fuel reactions from Democrats and Republicans, including Sen. Cory Booker and former Gov. Chris Christie, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she's checking on the congresswoman's safety.

The video Trump retweeted Friday pulls a snippet of Omar's recent speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in which she described the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center as "some people did something," and includes news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers. Trump also tweeted, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"

Omar's remark has drawn criticism largely from political opponents and conservatives who say the lawmaker, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, offered a flippant description of the assailants and the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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After Trump's tweet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she talked with the House official charged with security about protecting Omar.

Pelosi told CNN she wanted “to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff.”

“They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” Pelosi’s statement read.

Omar has received death threats for past comments she made. Earlier this month, a New York man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill her.

Booker was the latest Democrat to slam Trump for his tweet. The senator had harsh words for the president on CBS’ Face the Nation.

“To see a president of the United States to use images of 9/11 in a vicious, crass, disgusting way – that is so objectionable, that is so offensive,” Booker said.

“We should have a president who speaks to our higher angels, instead of speaking in a way that gives license to hatred,” the senator said.

Meanwhile, Christie didn’t mince words on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show in criticizing Omar’s remarks.

“As a public servant, she’s off her rocker to be describing in that way, and it’s a disgrace,” Christie said.

“To diminish the attacks on 9/11 – the greatest attack ever perpetrated on this country on our soil from a terrorist organization – is to demean the lives that were lost that day,” the former governor said. 

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