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Trump Attacks Tlaib for Declining the Opportunity to See Her Grandmother in Israel

President called out Michigan Democrat for changing her mind at the last minute about visiting the country — after originally seeking permission to do so

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President Donald Trump went after Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) (shown above right) on Friday, accusing her of creating a “set-up” when she refused an offer to visit her grandmother in Israel.

Trump went after Tlaib in a series of tweets, as The Daily Caller reported. Trump pointed out that she asked for permission to enter Israel and was later granted it on humanitarian grounds, only to claim that she was treated unfairly by the nation and refused to go.

Related: Tlaib Now Declares She Won’t Travel to Israel to See Her Grandmother

Trump went so far as to declare Tlaib’s grandmother the “real winner” of the situation — since she now won’t be seeing her granddaughter.

“Israel was very respectful and nice to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, allowing her permission to visit her ‘grandmother.’ As soon as she was granted permission, she grandstanded and loudly proclaimed she would not visit Israel,” Trump tweeted. “Could this possibly have been a set-up? Israel acted appropriately!”

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

This occurred just one day after Israel announced that it would be denying entry to the country to Tlaib and to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) because of the duo’s history of anti-Israel remarks and support for the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Tlaib and Omar’s trip was also sponsored by Miftah, an anti-Israel organization that has expressed support for Palestinian suicide bombers.

“[T]he itinerary of the two congresswomen reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”

Tlaib responded by sending a letter to Israeli officials begging to be allowed into the country so that she could visit her grandmother.

She promised to avoid any boycotts during her visit, and she said this was likely the last time she would ever get to see this family member.

Though Israeli officials immediately granted entry to Tlaib, she fired back by refusing to go and instead accusing Israel of oppressing her.

“Silencing me and 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.”

This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.

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