Pelosi calls Trump’s tweet aimed at Omar ‘beneath the dignity of the Oval Office’

Washington: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that it was "beneath the dignity of the Oval Office" for President Donald Trump to have shared a video on Twitter of Representative Ilhan Omar spliced with footage of the burning twin towers from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press.Credit:AP

Taking questions during an appearance at the London School of Economics, Pelosi said she was hesitant to criticise Trump while on foreign soil. But she said called his action "wrong" when questioned about how Trump has responded to the freshman lawmaker.

"I don't think any president of the United States should use the tragedy of 9/11 as a political tool," Pelosi said, adding that she is "proud" of her Democratic colleagues.

Trump shared the controversial video, along with the caption "We Will Never Forget," on Friday after a controversy emerged over comments made by Omar, at an event last month sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Omar used the words "some people did something" to describe the attacks while talking about the discrimination that American Muslims faced in their aftermath. Weeks later, conservatives began circulating a snippet of the 20-minute speech to suggest Omar had played down the significance of the September 11 attacks.

US Representative Ilhan Omar.Credit:AP

Before her appearance Monday, Pelosi had issued a statement saying any discussion of September 11th "must be done with reverence" and that Trump "shouldn't use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack." She also asked the Capitol Police to conduct conducting a security assessment to safeguard Omar amid increasing death threats.

During Monday's event, Pelosi also talked about the United States' ability to endure, saying "the country can withstand anything."

"Maybe not two terms," she added.

Washington Post

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