Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Versus Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia has been attacking two incoming House Democrats -- MN Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar and MI Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib -- two of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. The Saudi-owned pan-Arab television news channel Al Arabiya, which is based in Dubai, last week published a feature insinuating that the pair were part of an alliance between the Democratic Party and Islamist groups to control Congress. The article accused the two of being “anti-Trump and his political team and options, especially his foreign policy starting from the sanctions on Iran to the isolation of the Muslim Brotherhood and all movements of political Islam.” Why? It could be anxiety that their countries’ expensive public relations and lobbying efforts might be undermined with the arrival of these two new lawmakers. Just hours after Omar won her election, a staffer at the Saudi Embassy in the U.S. accused her of following the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, which he said has permeated the Democratic Party. “She will be hostile to the Gulf and a supporter of the political Islam represented in the Brotherhood in the Middle East,” tweeted Faisal al-Shammeri, a cultural advisor at the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States -- which is part of the embassy -- and a writer for Al Arabiya. Tlaib tweeted out an article from ForeignPolicy.com adding, “#Bringit. I grew up in #Detroit. We don't back down or get scared easily.” More here.