Trump campaign senior adviser Steve Cortes has questioned Ilhan Omar’s US citizenship, in the latest racist attack on the congresswoman from a member of the administration.
On Tuesday, at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, president Donald Trump falsely implied that the Minnesota congresswoman is not American.
"She's telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from? How is your country doing?" the president said about Ms Omar.
The 37-year-old congresswoman, who is Somalian born, fled her country of birth to come to US as an asylum seeker at the age of eight, and became a US citizen in 2000 when she was 17 years old.
During an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday, Mr Cortes was asked about the president’s comments by host Ayman Mohyeldin, who said: “Do you honestly think they (migrants) should be treated as less American for it and not be considered part of this country?”
Mr Cortes replied without basis: “I don’t think Ilhan Omar is any less American, assuming that her naturalisation was legitimate, and there’s a lot of questions about that.”