AUGUSTA – At an event in Augusta, Senator Angus King commented Friday on Israeli officials keeping two members of congress from visiting the Middle Eastern country.
Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and fellow Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were originally denied entry Thursday.
On Friday, Israel partially reversed that decision. Omar is still barred but Tlaib was granted entry to visit her grandmother, however, Tlaib has since refused the offer.
President Trump had tweeted Israel would be showing great weakness in letting them in, because of the lawmaker’s support for a boycott of Israel.
Sen. King said the president’s remarks were unprecedented, and congress members need to travel to do their jobs.
“And particularly to tell another country ‘don’t be letting in a lawmaker from our country’, it doesn’t make sense and I think it’s an overstepping of the executive function,” said Sen. King.