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 PompeoBolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump Saudi Arabia says it will take 'appropriate' action if Iran's role in attacks confirmed Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump 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 OmarGOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' 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 TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' 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 KingIowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats Ocasio-Cortez rips Steve King after he shares video drinking from toilet-fountain hybrid at border Steve King says he drank from toilet at detention center 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.