A planned House resolution to condemn anti-Semitism in the wake of controversial remarks made about Israel by Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses only part of the problem, as it does not remove the Minnesota Democrat from her seat on the chamber's Foreign Affairs Committee, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said Tuesday.
"She continues to display anti-Semitic remarks, comments," the Louisiana Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "These are her beliefs, and so if they really are serious about addressing the problem, (Speaker) Nancy Pelosi has to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee."
Omar, after coming under fire for tweeting last month that some lawmakers support Israel because of financial reasons, on Sunday tweeted that she should not be expected to support a foreign country in order to be in Congress or on committees, and claimed that she is not alone with her opinions.
"She is literally getting intelligence briefings on foreign policy of the United States, including our relationship with Israel as she makes these kinds of comments, where she thinks any support of Israel is denouncing your own nationality," said Scalise. "It's a deep-rooted belief that shows the core of her convictions."
The bond between the U.S. and Israel are deep, he added, and he thinks Omar needs to get a better understanding of the relationship to understand why the two countries are "interlinked on so many issues."
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