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Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman: I’m Not Close to Removing Omar

"No, I'm not close to it," Rep. Eliot Engel said when asked if he was close to removing Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

By NTK Staff | 03.06.2019 @10:25am

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), said he was not close to kicking out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the committee during an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

CNN’s Erin Burnett and Engel were discussing Omar’s recent string of anti-Semitic comments, which have drawn a backlash from both sides of the political aisle.

Some Republicans have called for Omar to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee because of her anti-Semitic comments.

Burnett asked Engel whether he was close to telling Omar that she is no longer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“No, I’m not close to it,” Engel said.

Engel added that such a decision was not up to him but rather the House Democratic 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,” Engel said. “It’s very important that we keep our eye on the prize, and I think that whenever there is hatred being spewed, or again, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, I think we have to speak out.”

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