Rep. Omar Faces Criticism for Position on Somalia

The Washington Times
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Article Source: The Washington Times

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on September 20, 2023 - Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar faced criticism after a video circulated of her expressing support for Somalia, discussing a deal between Ethiopia and Somalia regarding access to the Somaliland coastline.
  • Some translations of the video suggested Omar told Somali Americans that her “Number One job” is to look out for Somalia and hinted at future territorial ambitions to “unify all Somali-speaking people.” Omar responded, stating it was a mistranslation, expressing solidarity with Somalis in Somalia and the diaspora, emphasizing the importance of federal government consent in land lease negotiations with other countries.  Read More

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