Speaking at a Republican Jewish Coalition gathering in Las Vegas, Trump said he made the decision during a discussion with his top Middle East peace advisers, including the USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Jewish voters in the USA have traditionally sided heavily with Democrats - and are often ideologically liberal - but Republicans are hoping to narrow the gap next year, in part as Trump cites actions that he says demonstrate support for Israel. "I'll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull", Mr. Carlineo said during a phone call to Rep. Omar's office last month.
Trump has looked to display U.S. support for Israel in general, and for Netanyahu in particular, in various other ways, including moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018 - "I took an historic action", Trump said Saturday - and pulling out of the nuclear agreement his predecessor Barack Obama negotiated with Iran.
Trump has played up comments that Omar made in February when she was accused of "anti-Semitic tropes" for implying that money is the root of what influences America's foreign policy toward Israel.
Trump also stressed his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and move the United States embassy there from Tel Aviv.
Trump's mockery of Omar came one day after a NY man was arrested and charged with threatening to murder the representative.
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"Folks who imply we're "bad" for politics, the party, the country, etc. have no idea the threats we deal w/ because of that kind of language", she added.
Trump also acknowledged that he relies on his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and David Friedman, the USA ambassador to Israel, to help guide him on issues pertinent to Israel. Trump asked rhetorically before being reminded that the Jewish Republicans in the audience, including mega-donor Adelson, were among those what didn't back the former president.
Many of men and several women wore red yarmulkes with "Trump" emblazoned in white that were distributed at the event. Trump is closely aligned with Netanayu, who's seeking to return power in Tuesday's national election.
Two protesters were escorted from the venue after briefly interrupting Trump as he began his remarks, chanting, "Jews are here to say; occupation is a plague". You have to follow the law, they were told.
Late last month, Trump claimed that Democrats are an "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish" party, even though Jews have historically voted more Democratic than Republican. But at one point, he told the crowd that he "stood with your prime minister at the White House".