President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy surrounding Israel's ban on several members of Congress from visiting in a pair of tweets he lobbed out on Friday.
"Israel was very respectful & nice to Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), allowing her permission to visit her 'grandmother.' As soon as she was granted permission, she grandstanded & loudly proclaimed she would not visit Israel," the president tweeted.
"Could this possibly have been a setup?" he asked. "Israel acted appropriately!"
The president answered his own question in a second tweet sent eleven minutes later.
"Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother," he added. "Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup."
"The only real winner here is Tlaib's grandmother," he joked. "She doesn't have to see her now!"
"Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what [my grandmother] wants for me. It would kill a piece of me," she said.
"I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in--fighting against racism, oppression & injustice," she concluded.
Here's the latest in the Israel ban feud:
Rep. Tlaib Declines Israel Visit, Citing 'Oppressive Conditions' www.youtube.com