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 CollinsToward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit MORE (R-Maine) said Thursday that Israel should allow Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibWill Bernie have to turn on his bros? Rashida Tlaib detained by police during protest against low wages at Detroit airport Trump, like most presidents, takes credit for American workers' effort MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Key House Democrat says Perez must go: 'He doesn't lead on anything' Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA 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 RubioPeace Corps' sudden decision to leave China stirs blowback Lawmakers raise concerns over Russia's growing influence in Venezuela USDA takes heat as Democrats seek probe into trade aid 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-CortezJulián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Intercept Bureau Chief: Culinary Union concerns over "Medicare for All" are faulty MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday announced she would not travel to Israel unless all members of Congress were allowed.

Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Pressley slams trolls over alopecia comments Pramila Jayapal endorses Democrat Henry Cuellar's primary challenger 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 KavanaughManchin not ruling out endorsing Trump reelection Impeachment fallout threatens to upend battle for Senate Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech MORE in 2018.