Days after encouraging Rep. Ilhan Omar to go back to her birthplace Somalia, President Donald Trump weighed in publicly on allegations that she had married her brother to skirt immigration laws, a charge she has vehemently denied.
“There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it,” Trump said Wednesday in answer to a reporter’s question. “You’ re asking me a question about that. I don’t know, but I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that.” Trump’s remarks on the South Lawn of the White House were the first time he has discussed an highly publicized accusation that has been long championed by conservative opinion journalists and some GOP watchdog organization. The accusation surfaced again as part of a recent investigation of state campaign finance violations stemming from her 2016 run for the Minnesota House. Documents released in that probe showed that Omar filed federal taxes in 2014 and 2015 with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while legally married to but separated from ex-husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.