At least one House Republican, Representative Chip Roy of Texas, has come out in support of Israel’s decision to block Tlaib and Omar’s trip.
“Most recent indications are that Reps Omar and Tlaib were not going to engage Israel meaningfully or even at all,” Roy said, asserting the congresswomen should have joined another recent trip to Israel.
“I stand fully with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel regarding their right to deny admittance to anyone who advocates against the interests of Israel.”
Tlaib: Israel’s decision shows “weakness”
Representative Rashida Tlaib has now also weighed in on Israel’s decision to block her trip there, saying it showed “weakness.”
The other congresswoman affected by Israel’s move, Representative Ilhan Omar, said earlier that the Netanyahu government’s decision was “an affront.”
Biden objects to Israel blocking Omar and Tlaib’s trip
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he opposed the Netanyahu government’s decision to block Omar and Tlaib’s planned trip, while emphasizing that he remains a “stalwart supporter of Israel.”
Ocasio-Cortez: Trump is ‘exporting his bigotry’
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another member of the congressional group known as “the Squad,” has denounced Israel’s decision to block Tlaib and Omar’s planned trip there.
The fourth progressive member of “the Squad,” Representative Ayanna Pressley, said earlier today that the decision was “bigoted, short sighted and cruel.”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio said it was “a mistake” not to let Tlaib and Omar travel to Israel, arguing that the move would bolster the progressive lawmakers’ calls to boycott the country:
Omar says Israel’s decision to block her trip is “an affront”
Representative Ilhan Omar has issued a statement on Israel’s decision to block a trip that she and Representative Rashida Tlaib planned to take to the country, calling it “an affront” and accusing the Netanyahu government of acting on Trump’s Muslim ban.
The White House has repeatedly invoked executive privilege to block former aides from testifying to House committees, but that power could be tested with Corey Lewandowski’s subpoena.
Lewandowski previously served as Trump’s campaign manager, but he never had a formal role in the administration. House Democrats hope that his lack of White House experience will preempt claims of executive privilege.
House judiciary committee subpoenas two former Trump aides
The House judiciary committee has subpoenaed two former Trump aides, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House official Rick Dearborn.
Both aides featured prominently in the portion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on whether the president obstructed justice.
The news also comes hours before Lewandowski, who is considering a Senate bid in New Hampshire, is slated to join Trump at a rally in the state.
More 2020 Democrats condemn Israel’s decision
Several more Democratic presidential candidates have issues statements condemning Israel’s decision to block Omar and Tlaib’s planned trip.
Billionaire activist Tom Steyer also said in a statement that Trump’s demand to block the trip was “an affront to core American ideals.”
Pelosi ‘deeply saddened’ by Israel’s decision
Nancy Pelosi has put out a statement saying she is “deeply saddened” by Israel’s decision to block Omar and Tlaib’s trip.
“As one who loves Israel, I am deeply saddened by the news that Israel has decided to prevent Members of Congress from entering the country,” the House speaker said.
“Last month, Israeli Ambassador Dermer stated that, ‘Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any Member of Congress into Israel.’ This is a sad reversal and is deeply disappointing. I pray that the Government of Israel will reverse that denial.
“Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel. The President’s statements about the Congresswomen are a sign of ignorance and disrespect, and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President.”
Some of John Hickenlooper’s fellow Democratic presidential candidates thanked him for his public service as he announced he would drop out of the race.