Sen. Susan Collins: Israel should allow Omar, Tlaib to visit

Sen. Susan Collins: Israel should allow Omar, Tlaib to visit
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE (R-Maine) said Thursday that Israel should allow Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHillicon 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' Trump seeks to expand electoral map with New Mexico rally MORE (D-Minn.) to visit the country after the Israeli government announced they would be barred.

Collins also criticized the Trump administration after it urged Israel to deny entry to the two congresswomen, who have been used as political foils by the president.

“Israel should allow U.S. Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to visit. The Trump Administration made a mistake in urging Israel to prevent them from entering the country,” Collins tweeted.

“Instead, the Administration should have encouraged Israel to welcome the visit as an opportunity for Reps. Tlaib and Omar to learn from the Israeli people. We have to be willing to talk if we want people to change their views,” she added.

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Democrats have blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE's government over the decision, while most Republicans have been silent on the issue, with a few exceptions.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign Republicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE (R-Fla.) also criticized the decision to bar the congresswomen from entering the country, arguing it played into their own criticisms of Israel.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez mocks 'White House ethics' in Instagram post Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul Kennedy to challenge Markey in Senate primary MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday announced she would not travel to Israel unless all members of Congress were allowed.

Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHillicon 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' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes narrowly focused response to Iran attacks MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted that all members of Congress should be calling the decision out. 

“Any leader committed to advancing democracy would welcome with open arms two democratically elected United States Congresswomen," she tweeted. "And every single member of Congress should be calling this out.”

Collins is up for reelection in 2020 and has become a top target for Democrats hoping to flip the Senate after she cast a decisive vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Kavanaugh book authors dismayed about Democrats 'rush to judgment' on impeachment calls Clinton celebrates first visibly pregnant CEO to be on business magazine cover MORE in 2018.