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Trump blasts Omar: ‘I don’t think her apology was adequate’

President Trump blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Monday for tweets she made suggesting that American lawmakers were motivated to defend Israel by money.

“I think she should be ashamed of herself,” he told reporters on Air Force One while heading to a rally in El Paso, Texas.

“I think it was a terrible statement, and I don’t think her apology was adequate.”

{mosads}When asked what an appropriate apology would be, Trump said “she knows what to say.”

Omar sparked backlash Sunday when she retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promising “action” against her and fellow Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) over their views on Israel.

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar tweeted.

Omar then tweeted that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was paying American politicians to support Israel.

She apologized Monday for the “anti-Semitic tropes” she used.

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, said in a statement.

“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

In her apology, Omar stood by her criticism of AIPAC’s influence.

“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the [National Rifle Association] or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” Omar wrote.

Although the group doesn’t directly donate to candidates, AIPAC sponsors regular congressional delegations to Israel.

Omar’s office did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment on Trump’s remarks.

Omar and Tlaib have received criticism previously for their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which condemns Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

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