Transcript for Israel denies entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib after pressure from Trump
Tonight how the divisive politics here at home are now making global headlines. President trump putting pressure on Israel to deny entry to two American congresswomen who were planning to visit. Representatives ilhan OMAR and Rashida tlaib, the first Muslim women in congress. Israel agreed to bar them from visiting. . Here's ABC senior national correspondent Terry Moran. Reporter: President trump today, in an unprecedented use of the presidential powers of his office, pressured Israel to deny entry to two of his political enemies, congresswomen ilhan OMAR of Minnesota and Rashida tlaib of Michigan. It would be a terrible thing frankly for Israel to let these two people, who speak so badly of Israel, to come in. Reporter: Trump brought down his Twitter hammer this morning, firing off this message, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed rep. OMAR and rep. Tlaib to visit. They are a disgrace!" Hours later, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu complied, canceling the official visit of the two elected American officials, declaring in a statement, "Their intent is to hurt Israel." Both OMAR and tlaib criticize Israeli policies concerning the Palestinians and support movements to boycott Israel. But this was a stunning moment. Just last week, house Republican leader Kevin Mccarthy said he thought the congresswomen should be allowed a visit. Speaking with the president, he knows there are people who have difference of opinion. I think it would be healthy for anyone who has that opinion should come just as all these members have. Send her back! Send her back! Reporter: Today, congresswoman OMAR issued a statement of her own, "Trump's Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected members of congress." Terry Moran is with us live from the president's rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. President trump I know is being joined tonight by his somewhat controversial former campaign manager and confidant, Cory Lewandowski. He's considering a run for senate in New Hampshire, he got a big boost today from the president? Reporter: He sure did, David. The president saying he thinks Lewandowski is terrific and would be a very formidable candidate if he ran, but as you say he is controversial. Democrats are saying they may bring up an allegation of assault, charges against him were dropped and today the house judiciary subpoenaed him in the Russia investigation, another sign in some ways the 2016 campaign may never end. David? Here we go again, a packed house there in Manchester, thank
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