Rep. Ilhan Omar says death threats have risen since President Trump tweet

The president shared a video featuring a recent speech Omar has given spliced with images of 9/11.
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Minnesota's 5th District Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's experienced an uptick in death threats since President Donald Trump shared a video on Twitter about her on Friday evening.

In a statement Sunday evening, Omar has called for an end to the use of "violent rhetoric" that she says is endangering lives including her own.

"Since the President's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life – many directly referencing or replying to the President's video," Omar wrote.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has since spoken with security at the U.S. Capitol to ensure Rep. Omar's safety, as well as the safety of her family and staff.

The video shared by President Trump features snippets from a recent speech made by Rep. Omar, but does not use full quotes from her speech and did not explain the context in which she made the comments.

Rep. Omar was speaking of the persecution of all Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, but parts of the speech have since been used to claim she was being dismissive of 9/11 victims.

The video shared by President Trump was spliced with images and news reports from the day of the Twin Towers attack, which killed almost 3,000 people.

Pelosi had called on the President to take down the video, which she called "disrespectful and dangerous," and while it was removed as the "pinned tweet" from the President's Twitter page, it was not deleted.

Speaking with the media on Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president was merely aiming to highlight controversial remarks Rep. Omar had made in the past, and said the president wishes no "ill will" upon the Minnesota representative.

President Trump is in Minnesota on Monday, where he will be attending a roundtable talking taxes and the economy at a business in Burnsville.

You can find more information on his visit here.

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