Updated Apr 14, 2019

Ilhan Omar declares "love for America" in response to Trump's tweet

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) thanked supporters Saturday and said she has "unwavering love for America" in response to President Trump's video retweet of remarks she'd made about the 9/11 attacks, edited without the full context.

What she's saying: "I did not run for Congress to be silent," she said in one of a series of Twitter posts. "Thank you for standing with me — against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country — to fight for the America we all deserve."

Context: The video Trump retweeted did not include the full quote Omar made during her March address to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, on how Muslims in the U.S. had "lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen." "CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties," she said.

The big picture: The retweet comes days after Omar and fellow freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said death threats spike with every conservative critique they each receive. Omar said Wednesday women of color are held to a double standard.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.