Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Re-launched his calls for President Trump to step down after new reports he was downplaying the severity of the coronavirus in public while telling reporter Bob Woodward in February that he knew that it was “deadly” and much worse than the flu.
Omar, a member of the Rookie Squad, said Trump’s “lies” cost Americans their lives and he had to step down.
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“Time and time again, Donald Trump has played down the threat of COVID-19 – knowing how dangerous it is,” Omar tweeted. “Almost 200,000 people paid the price for his lies with their lives. If he refuses to resign, we will eliminate him. ”
Omar referred to a tweet from Trump in March in which the president pointed out that the common flu had killed more people than the coronavirus and hinted that the economy must continue.
“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common flu,” Trump tweeted. “It is on average between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is stopped, life and the economy continue. At this time, there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about it! ”
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This week, passages from Woodward’s next book were published, showing that Trump had spoken seriously about the virus during his taped interviews with the Washington Post reporter.
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it went,” Trump said on a Feb. 7 call with Woodard. “And so this is a very delicate question. This is a very delicate question. It’s also more deadly than even your tiring flu.
“These are deadly things,” the president repeated in the interview.
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Trump on Thursday said he didn’t want to panic the country.
“I want to show a level of confidence and I want to show strength as a leader,” Trump told reporters Thursday. “There have been no lies here, what we are doing here is leading and we are leading the right way. ”
“I don’t want to jump up and down and scream ‘dead, dead’,” he added. “I have to run a country.”
Omar first called on Trump to step down in November 2019 during the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s efforts to interfere with Ukraine in the presidential election by opening investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden. The Senate voted to acquit Trump on the two articles of impeachment in February.
“The President of the United States broke our laws and betrayed our country,” Omar tweeted in November. “He has to resign. ”
Trump has repeatedly ridiculed Omar and called for her resignation in March 2019 for comments she made that were called anti-Semitic. Omar apologized for her tweets when she suggested that politicians’ support for Israel was motivated by money.
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“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” Trump told reporters at the time.
“I think she should resign from Congress or else she should resign from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Omar replied that she had learned from his words and called on Trump to do the same.
“You have been trafficking hate all your life – against Jews, Muslims, natives, immigrants, blacks and more,” Omar said. “I learned from people touched by my words. When will you do it? ”
Andrew O’Reilly of Fox News contributed to this report.