Pelosi: Israel's Omar-Tlaib decision 'a sign of weakness'

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi mocks House GOP looking for 'non-threatening female' to replace Liz Cheney Caitlyn Jenner: California needs a 'thoughtful disruptor' Schumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday criticized Israel’s decision not to allow Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix House Democrats ask Garland to review case of lawyer placed under house arrest over Chevron suit OSHA sends draft emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 to OMB review Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020 MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWhite House raises refugee cap to 62,500 Sharpton eulogizes Daunte Wright: 'Tags of racism' have expired Left feels empowered after Biden backtracks on refugees MORE (D-Minn.) to visit, calling the move a “sign of weakness.”

“Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi also blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE’s tweet advising Israel to deny the congresswomen entry.


“The President’s statements about the Congresswomen are a sign of ignorance and disrespect, and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President," she said.

Pelosi has had her differences with Tlaib and Omar, who make up half of the so-called squad of progressive freshman congresswomen along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezCivilian Climate Corps can help stem rural-urban divide Biden barely gets a passing grade when it comes to foreign policy They like him, they really like him: Biden and the youth vote MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGenetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say Advocates warn against complacency after Chauvin verdict Derek Chauvin to be sentenced June 16 MORE (D-Mass.), particularly after the four were the only House Democrats to vote against a Democratic-backed border security bill.

However, when Trump tweeted earlier in the summer that the four congresswomen, all of whom are American citizens, should “go back” where they came from, Pelosi publicly backed them, introducing a successful resolution to condemn Trump’s tweets.

Several other House Democrats and presidential candidates, representing both the same progressive flank of the party as the two congresswomen and its more centrist wing, have also condemned the decision and Trump’s backing of it.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue Lowey Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Biden needs to tear down bureaucratic walls and refocus Middle East programs Committee chairs continue their lawmaking decline MORE (D-N.Y.), who is Jewish, said the move would only strengthen “those who seek to create a wedge between our two countries.” Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chairman David CicillineDavid CicillineWashington keeps close eye as Apple antitrust fight goes to court Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube execs to testify at Senate hearing on algorithms | Five big players to watch in Big Tech's antitrust fight Five big players to watch in Big Tech's antitrust fight MORE (D-R.I.), who is also Jewish, called it “a grave mistake by the Israeli government,” adding, “Democracy is about accepting that others don’t always share your views and respecting the right to disagree.”

“Israel doesn't advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Warren book reflects on losing 2020 bid: 'Painful' MORE (D-Mass.), who is running for president, tweeted. “This would be a shameful, unprecedented move.”