Omar invokes father’s death from coronavirus in reaction to Woodward book | TheHill – The Hill

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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar declares hypocrisy over reaction to far-right protester calling for ‘assassinating Democrats’ Hillicon Valley: Pentagon reaffirms decision to award JEDI contract to Microsoft | Schiff asks officials for briefing on election security threats GOP candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene posts image of herself with gun next to members of ‘Squad’ MORE (D-Minn.), whose father died of the novel coronavirus, blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen Trump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP primary to take on Pappas MORE on Wednesday for telling Bob Woodward in March that he intended to “play [the virus] down.”

“All I can think about is my father and the nearly 200,000 other people who lost their lives to COVID-19 as a result of this president’s gross negligence and lies,” Omar tweeted. “Trump had the power to save lives and went out of his way not to.”

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Omar announced the death of her father, Nur Omar Mohamed, of complications from the virus in June.

“No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him,” Omar said at the time. “My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time.”

Excerpts released Wednesday from Woodward’s book “Rage” revealed that Trump called the virus “deadly” as early as Feb. 7.

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“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call with Woodward. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.” The same month, Trump publicly predicted the U.S. would soon have “close to zero” cases of the virus. A month later, he specifically compared the caseload and death toll to a typical flu season.

Trump also told Woodward in a March call that he “wanted to always play [the pandemic] down” in order to avoid creating panic.

Omar is one of several lawmakers who have lost relatives to the virus. House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBusiness groups increasingly worried about death of filibuster Pelosi, Mnuchin talk stimulus but stalemate remains Mnuchin: Trump wants more COVID-19 relief aid MORE’s (D-Calif.) sister died of complications from the virus, as did Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBottom line Judd Gregg: The choice How much is Amazon worth to you? MORE’s (D-Mass.) brother.

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