Listen: As Reps. Tlaib and Omar Head to Palestine, Netanyahu Caves to Trump and Prepares to Deny Entry
"This was day nine thirty eight of the trump administration and another of the norms of behavior here in the world fell away today. It wasn't shocking that donald trump asked israel to turn away to members of congress who wanted to visit israel real he wrote this about congresswoman alone omar and rashida to leave quote it would show great weakness if israel allowed rep omar and and rep to lead to visit again that part wasn't the surprise it was a genuine surprise however when a pliant israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu gave in and gave way to the american president israel said they would not be allowing the congresswoman into their country tree netanyahu released a statement that read in part as a vibrant and free democracy israel is open to any critic and criticism with one exception israel's israel's law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott israel as is the case with other democracies that prevent the entry of people whose perception harms harms the country this afternoon before departing for his rally tonight in manchester new hampshire. The president was asked about his conversations with israel and i don't encourage or discourage. I think that if israel allowed them to come in for the normal reasons other than those reasons. I really believe that it would be a terrible thing for israel real. I think it would show a terrible sign. The washington post is reporting tonight. Quote a senior white house. Officials said that trump never directly told netanyahu to prohibit the visit is it but advisors conveyed the president's views to the israeli government after it initially said the women would be allowed in netanyahu was certainly aware of the president's position the official title said congresswoman omar released a statement that read in part quote the irony of the only democracy in the middle east making such a decision is that it is both an insult to democratic values and a chilling response to a visit by government officials from an allied nation congresswoman to lead posted an image of her own grandmother who lives lives in the west bank along with this message the decision by israel to bar her granddaughter u._s. Congresswoman is a sign of weakness because the truth is what the truth of what is happening to palestinians frightening axios reported back on saturday the trump had told his advisors he thinks netanyahu should bar the congresswoman from entering during the country the report read quote trump's private views have reached the top level of the israeli government but trump denies through white house press secretary stephanie grisham ever ever giving any kind of directive to the israelis. The israeli government can do what they want. It's fake news gresham said on saturday"