GOP senator calls Omar's apology 'entirely appropriate'

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordGOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees GOP senator calls Omar's apology 'entirely appropriate' New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks MORE (R-Okla.) said early Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union MORE's (D-Minn.) apology for comments that have been criticized as anti-Semitic was "entirely appropriate," even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview 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 PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win 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 HoyerOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Winners and losers in the border security deal 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."