Omar throws shade at Obama: ‘We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished’ ,
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is an outspoken critic of President Trump. But she’s also critical of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
“We can’t be only upset with Trump,” Omar told Politico for a profile that was published Friday. “His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was.
“That’s not what we should be looking for anymore,” she continued. “We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”
Omar, a Muslim and a Somali refugee who wears Islamic dress in public, noted the “caging of kids” at the U.S.-Mexico border and the “droning of countries around the world” — for which Trump has been criticized — happened on Obama’s watch too. Obama’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
Obama was widely criticized for expanding the use of armed drones, authorizing at least 542 strikes during his presidency that caused an estimated 3,797 deaths, including 324 civilians, according to data from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Yet Trump’s drone program was even more active than Obama’s in his first two years as commander in chief. According to U.S. government data released last November, Trump authorized 238 drone strikes in Pakistan,
Somalia and Yemen, compared with 186 authorized by Obama during his first two years in office. It’s unclear how many civilians were killed in drone strikes authorized by Trump. On Wednesday,
Trump revoked an Obama-era order that required the intelligence community to publicly report the number of CIA