Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE on Tuesday ramped up his attacks on Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic MORE after the Michigan Democrat got emotional at a press conference criticizing Israel over its decision to bar her from entering the country last week.

"Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears," Trump tweeted after Tlaib spoke out the previous day about Israel's decision. "I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears?"

Trump again claimed that Tlaib "hates Israel and all Jewish people," and called her an "anti-Semite."

The president has repeatedly attacked Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick Pelosi says George Floyd was 'murdered on TV' MORE (D-Minn.) after the two congresswomen were denied entry to Israel for their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the country. Trump had suggested Israel would look "weak" if it allowed the congresswomen to enter.


Tlaib, who is Palestinian American and an outspoken Trump critic, later requested and was granted a waiver to visit her grandmother in the West Bank. She reversed course a day later after speaking with her family and announced she would not go.

Tlaib and Omar held a joint press conference on Monday denouncing Israel's decision to bar them from the country. Tlaib teared up as she spoke about growing up in Israel and recounting her family's experiences.

"As a young girl visiting Palestine to visit my family I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints even though she was a United States citizen and proud American," Tlaib said, becoming emotional.

Omar suggested that lawmakers reconsider the annual U.S. aid allocated to Israel after they were prohibited from entering.

Trump's tweets on Tuesday came after coverage of the press conference played out on Fox News throughout the morning.

Tlaib and Omar have been accused of using anti-Semitic tropes in speaking critically of Israel.

Omar drew criticism when she suggested lawmakers support Israel because of money from lobbyists and was rebuked again when she claimed those who back the territory harbor “dual loyalty.”

Tlaib has supported the BDS movement and drew backlash from conservatives earlier this year for comments about the Holocaust when she said it gave her a “calming feeling” to think of persecuted Jews finding safe haven in Israel.

The president and his allies have sought to elevate Tlaib, Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAn affordable zero-emissions grid needs new nuclear Recovery First: The American comeback shouldn't hinge on warmed-over policy agendas Ocasio-Cortez blames 'political power' of police for lack of accountability following George Floyd's death MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren's VP bid faces obstacle: Her state's Republican governor Democrats blast CDC report on minorities and COVID-19 Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts MORE (D-Mass.) as the faces of the Democratic Party. Trump often singles the congresswomen out at rallies, and sparked a firestorm last month when he said the four — all U.S. citizens — should "go back" to their countries.