(CNSNews.com) - President Trump on Tuesday said he would never cut off aid to Israel, as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has suggested.
"And I can't even believe that we're having this conversation," Trump told reporters.
"Where has the Democratic Party gone?" Trump asked, noting that Democrats have defended Muslim Reps. Omar and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) despite their condemnation of Israel.
"Where have they gone where they're defending these people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said.
At a news conference on Monday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) questioned whether Israel was an ally of the United States, and she said Congress should link aid to Israel to Israel ensuring “full rights for Palestinians.”
At the same news conference, Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Monday bemoaned the "Palestinian people's plight" and the "pain of (Israeli) oppression." Israel ultimately granted Tlaib permission to travel to the West Bank to visit her elderly grandmother, but she decided not to make the trip because doing so on Israel's "humiliating" terms "would kill a piece of me."
Sen. Bernie Sanders was among those reacting to President Trump's comment on Tuesday:
"Let me say this to the president: I am a proud Jewish person and I have no concerns about voting Democratic. And in fact, I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States," Sanders said, then later tweeted, on Tuesday.
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) told CNN that Trump's comments were "outrageous," "offensive," and "dangerous." Deutch said the president needs to stop using the rhetoric of "divided loyalty," something that he said "fuels white nationalists."
The American Jewish Committee issued a statement condemning the president's remarks as “shockingly divisive and unbecoming of the occupant of the highest elected office."
AJC said, "American Jews – like all Americans – have a range of political views and policy priorities. His assessment of their knowledge or ‘loyalty,’ based on their party preference, is inappropriate, unwelcome, and downright dangerous.”
During the Q&A with reporters on Tuesday, Trump was asked if there should be any change in aid to Israel.
Here is his full response:
No. And you should see the horrible things that Tlaib has said about Israel. And AOC plus three. That's what I call it. AOC--just take AOC plus three. And you should see the things that the four of them have said about Israel over the last couple of years.
I mean, Omar is a disaster for Jewish people. I can't imagine if she has any Jewish people in her district that they could possibly vote for her. But, what Omar has said, what Tlaib has said.
And then yesterday, I noticed for the first time Tlaib with the tears. All of a sudden, she starts with tears. Tears. And I don't buy it. I don't buy it. I don't buy it for a second, because I've seen her in a very vicious mood at campaign rallies. My campaign rallies. Before she was a congresswoman. I said, who is that? And I saw a woman that was violent and vicious and out of control.
And all of a sudden, I see this person who's crying because she can't see her grandmother. She could see her grandmother. They gave her permission to see her grandmother, but she grandstanded and she didn't want to do it.
So, that's the decision of Israel. That's not a--a lot of people are saying that was my decision. That's a decision of--of Israel. They can let them in if they want, but I don't think they want to.
When you read the things that they've said about Israel, how bad. And if you look at their itinerary before they found out--you take a look at their itinerary. That was all going to be a propaganda tour against Israel. So, I don't blame Israel for doing what they do it. I have nothing to do with it, but I don't blame them for doing what they did.
I think it would've been very bad to let them in, including the four. I'm talking about all four. But, these two that want to get in, Omar and Tlaib. And I think it would be a very bad thing for Israel, but Israel has to do what they want to do.
But, I would not cut off aid to Israel. And I can't even believe that we're having this conversation. Five years ago, the concept of even talking about this, even three years ago of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people. I can't believe we're even having this conversation.
Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.