House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, New York Democratic Rep Eliot Engel said on Tuesday that he will not remove Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the prestigious committee over her controversial comments.
“No, I’m not close to it,” Engel said when asked on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” if he would remove Omar from the committee.
“First of all, it’s not up to me. This is done by the leadership. I don’t know that that would do anything except exacerbate the situation even more. I’m looking to get rid of anti-Semitism, not looking to punish anybody.
Omar is once again facing criticism for remarks she made which many consider to be anti-Semitic.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said last week at an event last week at an even in Washington, D.C.
“I want to ask, why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries, or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobby that is influencing policy?” she said in reference to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).