Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from entering Israel in retaliation for their support of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Netanyahu took the action following “intense pressure” from Trump, The New York Times reported, and shortly after the president appeared to flaunt his influence in a tweet:
It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
The CNN News host argued that Trump’s targeting of American lawmakers in their official duties could violate the speech or debate clause in Article 1 of the Constitution.
“The president and the courts have a sworn duty to not interfere with duly elected lawmakers going about their jobs,” Cooper said. “Which, today, it seems the president did — with a foreign government’s help, no less.”
“This is certainly not normal,” Cooper added. “Except abnormal is kind of now normal.”
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