August 15, 2019 / 2:13 PM / 10 days ago

Trump calls on Israel to block visit by U.S. Democratic lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called on Israel to block Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who have voiced support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, from visiting the country.

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

The two freshman lawmakers, who Trump has repeatedly criticized, have planned to tour the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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