‘If you get an honest answer from politicians, they thought it was a disgrace…’
(AFP) President Donald Trump said Friday that a recent congressional vote condemning bigotry shows the opposition Democrats have become an “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish” party.
“I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party and anti-Jewish party.”
The Republican president spoke a day after the vote on a resolution originally intended to directly condemn anti-Semitism following controversial comments by a Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, that were deemed anti-Semitic and offensive by many colleagues.
The issue caused a deep rift in the party, with several lawmakers seeking to include language condemning other forms of bigotry, and expressing concerns about a measure that singles out Omar.
Ultimately, the resolution was revised to became a broader anti-hate measure, with some of the Republicans who voted against it complaining that the original version had been watered down.
“If you get an honest answer from politicians, they thought it was a disgrace,” Trump said.
Trump proclaims himself as Israel’s closest ally.
He moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and has forged a close alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
© Agence France-Presse. Liberty Headlines editor Paul Chesser contributed.