Pence on push to remove Omar from committee: Steve King saw ‘consequences’

Vice President Pence doubled down on his criticism of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez plans visit to Kentucky despite being disinvited by GOP colleague Man arrested for threatening Dems, citing Omar comments Omar mocks Trump's claims of 'presidential harassment': 'Just lived through one!' MORE’s (D-Minn.) recent statements about Israel, saying she should be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“I think it was right for Democrat leaders to condemn those remarks, but I think it’s important that people that articulate anti-Semitic views are also held accountable. The Republican leadership was right to condemn Steven King’s remarks and also to remove him from the committee,” he said in an exclusive interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

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“There were consequences to what he said, and unless Rep. Omar resigns from Congress, at minimum Democrat leaders should remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Pence first slammed Omar Tuesday, tweeting, “Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.”

Omar apologized Monday for comments suggesting that U.S. support for Israel is fueled by donations from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an influential pro-Israel lobbying group. In her apology she said her “intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders were quick to condemn the comments, ripping them as employing “anti-Semitic tropes” that are “deeply offensive.”

But Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Cummings on impeachment: 'We may very well come to that' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE (D-Md.) clarified that Omar would not lose her committee assignments.

Republicans in the House stripped Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Morning Report — Combative Trump aims at Pelosi before Russia report Steve King's campaign spent more than it raised last quarter It's time for a 'Congressional Jewish Caucus' MORE (R-Iowa) of his committee assignments last month after King asked The New York Times in an interview, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

King had served on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees. The Agriculture panel was considered a high-profile role for King, who represents a state that relies heavily on farming.

The Iowa released a letter Tuesday from over 200 supporters asking House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyWatchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices John Legend, Chrissy Teigen lash out at Trump at Dem retreat Republicans call for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be referred to DOJ MORE (R-Calif.) to reinstate his committee assignments.