V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett cancelled a planned trip to the Middle East on Thursday, shortly after Israel announced it would bar entry to two of her fellow Democratic congresswomen at the urging of President Donald Trump.

A spokesman for Israel’s deputy foreign minister said the country had decided to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, soon after Trump said on Twitter Thursday morning that “it would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.”

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