1600: Trump cajoles Netanyahu to bar 'Squad' pair
The president's message of the day: Nobody is stronger than Donald Trump for Israel. Stronger than the Democrats who call themselves friends of the Jewish state. Stronger than AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group. Stronger even than Benjamin Netanyahu?
About an hour after Trump's press secretary denied he had urged Israel's prime minister to bar a planned visit by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Trump sent the tweet: "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit."
Shortly thereafter, Israel told Tlaib, of Palestinian descent, and Omar to stay home. It followed Trump's "recommendation," said a former Israeli ambassador to Washington. The two Muslim congresswomen back the Palestinian-led boycott of Israeli businesses, u ...