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Pelosi asks Capitol Police to 'safeguard' Omar following Trump tweet

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that after President Trump tweeted an inflammatory video against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Friday, she ordered Capitol Police to conduct "a security assessment to safeguard" Omar, her family, and staff.

In the edited video, Omar is superimposed over scenes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; Trump added the caption, "We will never forget." In a speech last month, Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, said the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was founded "because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties." Omar misspoke, as CAIR was founded in 1994, and conservatives jumped on the remarks, accusing Omar of trivializing the attacks.

One of Omar's aides told Politico that since Trump's tweet, "there has been an increase in threats" against Omar, and they have all been reported to Capitol Police and the FBI.