Intensifying war of words between Trump and Rep. Tlaib

Israel, backed by Trump, initially barred two American lawmakers from visiting; Israel later said Congresswoman Tlaib could make humanitarian visit, but she rejected the terms
2:32 | 08/18/19

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Next to the intensifying war of words between the president and the congresswomen. President trump urging Israel to bar two Americans visiting. Swipes getting personal against Rashida tlaib and getting an emotional reaction. Rachel Scott reporting from near the president's resort in bedminster, New Jersey. Reporter: An emotional congresswoman Rashida tlaib telling her constituents why she rejected Israel's offer to visit her elderly grandmother in the west bank. Thank you for today allowing me not just to be your congress member, but also a granddaughter of a -- of a grandmother living in occupation. Thank you. Reporter: She applied to visit on humanitarian grounds after being denied entry for her political views. She was granted that offer on the condition she did not speak out against Israel. Initially accepting, then saying with her family's support, she changed her mind. My family, my uncle -- everybody was like, there will be a dark cloud over you if you come with them forcing you to bow down. Reporter: This week, president trump leaned on Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop tlaib and congresswoman ilhan OMAR, from traveling to Israel. Tweeting, it would show great weakness. I think it would be a terrible thing, frankly, for Israel to let these two people who speak so badly about Israel to come in. Reporter: Netanyahu listened, canceling the visit of two elected members of congress over their support of the boycott Israel movement. Tlaib was also planning to see her family, including her grandmother. President trump quickly turned his political play into a personal attack, tweeting, the only real winner here is tlaib's grandmother. She doesn't have to see her now. Questioning if the whole thing was a complete setup. House speaker Nancy pe using the president's own word -- "Weakness" -- against him and Netanyahu. We cannot let their weaknesses stand in the way of our ongoing relationship. Rachel Scott joining us now from New Jersey. Rachel, Democrats including some of his 2020 rivals quick to react here, accusing president trump of politicizing the u.s./israel relationship calling it a mistake in the long run. Exactly, whit. Some at Democrats say this is more than another attack from the president. They say politics like this weaken our global leadership and will only hurt the u.s./israeli relationship. Whit? Rachel Scott in New Jersey. Thank you. This programming note, more on this and the latest on the 2020 race tomorrow morning on "This week."

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