President Trump on Friday, Aug. 16, blasted Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) when she canceled her trip to Israel to visit her grandmother after the country approved her request for the trip.

The president said that her request to Israel to visit her grandmother was a “complete set up.”  

“Israel was very respectful & nice to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, allowing her permission to visit her grandmother,” the president tweeted.

“As soon as she was granted permission, she grandstanded & loudly proclaimed she would not visit Israel. Could this possibly have been a setup? Israel acted appropriately!” President Trump added.

The president then claimed and mocked that Tlaib’s grandmother is the “real winner” because she doesn’t have to see her granddaughter.

“Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!” the president said. 

Earlier, President Trump suggested Israel deny Omar and Tlaib entry to Israel for their anti-Semitic behavior. 

Israel announced on Thursday that it would not allow Omar and Tlaib to enter the country because of their support of “boycott, divestment, and sanctions,” or BDS, a Palestinian-led global movement that boycotts Israel.

Another reason from Israel to deny the congresswomen’s entry was because their trip was being sponsored by Miftah, an avid supporter of BDS.

The Palestinian American congresswoman then sent a letter asking to visit her grandmother, saying her last chance to meet her. Israel granted her permit on humanitarian grounds, but she changed her mind and declined to go, accusing Israel of treating her like a criminal. 

“Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what [my grandmother] wants for me,” Tlaib tweeted. “It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in—fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.”

Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri then criticized Tlaib for her hypocrisy, saying “Her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”

“Rep. Tlaib just tweeted that she won’t be coming to Israel,” Deri tweeted. “Just yesterday she sent me a letter, asking to visit her 90-year-old grandmother saying, ‘It might be my last chance to see her.’”

“I approved her request as a gesture of goodwill on a humanitarian basis, but it was just a provocative request, aimed at bashing the State of Israel,” Deri added. “Apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”

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