Exclusive: US Democrat Ilhan Omar on ending the government shutdown

Somali-American Ilhan Omar, 36, won a seat for the Democrats in Minnesota – one of the first two Muslim women ever to sit in the House of Representatives.

As the standoff between US President Trump and the Democrats continues, there is one member of Congress who has made it clear that the left will not back down. 

“This manufactured crisis can only end when the White House decides they have to give up on their fantasy wall,” said Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in an exclusive interview with TRT World.

Somali-American Ilhan Omar, 36, won a seat for the Democrats in Minnesota in last year’s November midterm elections – one of the first two Muslim women ever to sit in the House of Representatives.

Ilhan Omar fled Somalia’s civil war with her family when she was just eight years old. After living in Kenya, she finally made it to the United States as a refugee at the age of 12. She became a US citizen when she was 19 years old.

The US government shutdown has become the longest in history and the president is showing no sign of giving in.

The shutdown began on 22 December and has now entered its 22nd day, making it longer than the shutdown of 1995-96, which saw then president Bill Clinton clash with Republicans over health, education and other spending.

Donald Trump’s shutdown has affected the work of nine cabinet departments and various smaller agencies – leaving 800,000 workers without pay.

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