Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar has fired back at top Trump administration officials in a war of words over the leadership crisis in Venezuela.
“Speaking of ‘ignorance’, maybe the @VP and @SecPompeo should spend less time worrying about mine and more time getting the Trump his briefing before he gets on the phone with Putin, or the media, or anyone. This is embarrassing,” Omar tweeted Friday.
She linked the comment to a tweet about a USA Today report which says: “President Donald Trump contradicted his own top advisers Friday by suggesting Russian President Vladimir Putin was not meddling in Venezuela.”
“I had a very good talk with President Putin — probably over an hour….And he is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela,” Trump had told reporters earlier on Friday.
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However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had asserted Tuesday that Russia urged embattled President Nicolas Maduro to remain in the country just as he was preparing to leave.
Omar became a target of the administration after she blamed the U.S. for contributing to the South American country’s decline.
“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela and we have sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today,” she said in an interview.
“The nicest thing I can say is it is unbelievable ignorance,” Pompeo commented on Fox News in reaction to her remark. “It’s just factually wrong.”