Pompeo bemoans anti-Semitic language 'even in the great halls of our own Capitol'

Pompeo bemoans anti-Semitic language 'even in the great halls of our own Capitol'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS embassy in Sri Lanka warns against visiting places of worship Kim Jong Un's 'long yet necessary road' toward reaffirming alliances The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' MORE on Wednesday warned against a "dark wave of anti-Semitism" on the rise in Europe and the U.S. as he met with Israeli leaders.

“Sadly, we in the United States have seen anti-Semitic language uttered even in the great halls of our own Capitol. This should not be," Pompeo said, according to CNN.

He also urged countries in Europe and throughout the Western Hemisphere to "go to the barricades against bigotry."


Pompeo's comment appeared to indirectly refer to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision Booker: Trump, others' criticism of Omar 'trafficking in Islamophobia' Amnesty International, lawmakers denounce Saudi executions: 'Appalling' MORE (D-Minn.) that prompted allegations of anti-Semitism.

Omar, who is serving her first term in Congress, sparked criticism after she suggested that lawmakers back Israel because of financial support from a lobbying group.

Omar apologized for the comments, but she later drew further criticism when she accused people who back Israel of pushing allegiance to a foreign country.

The House later passed a broad resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.

Republicans have seized on Omar's comments, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE has suggested that Democrats are part of an anti-Jewish party.

Republican lawmakers, however, have come under fire for incendiary comments as well. Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingSteve King says he can relate to suffering of Jesus The Hill's Morning Report — Combative Trump aims at Pelosi before Russia report Steve King's campaign spent more than it raised last quarter MORE (R-Iowa) was stripped of his committee assignments after he questioned to The New York Times how language like "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive.

Trump will meet next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.