Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) found herself on Monday apologizing, sort of, for the second time in three weeks over anti-Semitic comments when she tweeted politicians who support Israel are paid to do so. Omar apologized in a tweet on Monday afternoon, but said that "I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry".
Omar accused American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of buying congressional support for Israel on Sunday night.
"I do accept Rep. Omar's apology and I think it's entirely appropriate", the GOP lawmaker said during an appearance on New Day. The message was meant to refer very clearly to Benjamin Franklin, who appears on the $100 bill in the US, insinuating that support for Israel is largely due to money.
Omar also admitted last month she used "unfortunate" language in this 2012 tweet, still active on her account, where she wrote, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".
Others have said they accept her apology and would like to move on, including Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), an early critic of the statements. "I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee", said the President.
Congressman Dean Phillips had an impassioned, face to face conversation with Omar during which he expressed offense to her recent anti-Semitic tropes and extended an invitation for future discussions aimed at fostering a better understanding between Jewish and Muslim members of Congress.
The Commander-in-Chief was speaking with reporters at the White House when he abruptly called on the progressive legislator to step down; saying "she didn't mean a word" of her written apology.
Trump - despite his repeated references to the United States embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as evidence that "no president has been better for Israel" - has been criticized for personally contributing to a spike in anti-Semitic and xenophobic attacks in the United States since taking office.
Asked what she should say, Trump replied, "she knows what to say".
"Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted", she added.
Omar supports a movement known as BDS, for "boycott, divestment and sanctions" aimed at Israel.