GOP senator calls Omar's apology 'entirely appropriate'

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordHow Republicans are battling judicial obstructionism today GOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump GOP to go 'nuclear' with rules change for Trump nominations MORE (R-Okla.) said early Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar mocks Trump's claims of 'presidential harassment': 'Just lived through one!' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Georgia freshman Dem does not list Omar donation on election filing MORE's (D-Minn.) apology for comments that have been criticized as anti-Semitic was "entirely appropriate," even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE and others have said she did not go far enough.

"I do accept Rep. Omar’s apology and I think it’s entirely appropriate," Lankford said on CNN's "New Day."

"She’s a brand-new, freshman representative," he continued. "Sometimes you get out there and you say things and then you try to correct it. For any of us that are on television, like right now, you get questions, you make responses or you put out a tweet trying to be funny or to try to press a point, and sometimes you go over the line."


Omar apologized on Monday for comments the previous day suggesting that U.S. support for Israel is the result of money flowing from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential lobbying group. In her apology, she said her “intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”

Her statement came after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiBoth sides were wrong about Mueller report, and none of it will likely matter for 2020 Elijah Cummings: 'I am begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on' Angus King: 'Mueller passed the obstruction question to the Congress and Barr intercepted the pass' MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders had called on her to apologize for using "anti-Semitic tropes."

Republicans have seized on Omar's comments and called on Democratic leaders to remove her from her post on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, though House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Mueller report poses new test for Dems Dem lawmaker: There isn't a crime Trump could commit that would cause GOP to turn on him MORE (D-Md.) indicated that will not happen.

Some Republicans have continued to rail against Omar despite her apology. Trump on Tuesday called on the Minnesota Democrat to resign either from Congress or from her committee post, and Vice President Pence called her apology "inadequate."