Foreign Policy

I believe in an inclusive foreign policy — one that centers on human rights, justice and peace as the pillars of America’s engagement in the world, one that brings our troops home and truly makes military action a last resort.

This means reorienting our foreign affairs to focus on diplomacy and economic and cultural engagement. At a time when we spend more on our military than the next seven countries combined, our global armed presence is often the most immediate contact people in the developing world have with the United States. I am a strong advocate for drawing down our out- of-control defense spending and reinvesting those resources back into our local communities. We must also demilitarize our foreign policy by repealing the 2001 AUMF, and reclaiming Congress’s constitutional authority over war powers. Doing so is the only way to end our state of perpetual and endless war, and avoid military-use as a last resort in the future.

Creating an inclusive foreign policy also means reconsidering harmful sanctions and other interventionist policies that interfere with democratically-elected governments. Academic research has shown that sanctions achieve their desired goals only about a third of the time and in the worst-case scenario, they can hurt people of a country – generally the very people we’re purporting to help – without making a dent in the country’s behavior. In Congress, I am pushing to end the use of sanctions and embargoes as a means of punishment and control, and instead focus instead on diplomatic solutions with a long-term strategic vision.

I also feel strongly that our foreign policy should reflect our domestic values. That is why I strongly advocate for international programs that address the climate crisis, increase economic opportunity, end mass incarceration and protect vulnerable populations, just as I do domestically. These are principles that must extend not only to our foreign policies but to the trade agreements we enter into, avoiding any economic bargains that undermine our labor and environmental standards at home or abroad. Once we fully implement these policies, we can begin to repair the harm that’s been done, restore America’s broken image, and rebuild in diplomatic relationships.

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December 22, 2020 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following Donald Trump’s pardon of four Blackwater contractors convicted of killing 14 civilians in Iraq in 2007.

“This is a dark day for our country. Private Blackwater mercenaries Nicholas Slatten, Paul Alvin Slough, Evan Shawn Liberty, and Dustin Laurent Heard are war criminals. 

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement on the agreement on a coronavirus relief package and end of year spending bill, which she plans to support.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released an report of her accomplishments in her first term, along with an end-of-year op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

December 16, 2020 Page

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These are difficult times. The coronavirus pandemic has touched so many of us directly. And many more have experienced the economic pain of layoffs or closed businesses. I lost my father to COVID-19 complications and experienced unbearable heartbreak like so many of you. 

November 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON– Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced a resolution today to condemn police violence worldwide. The resolution calls on Congress to stand with peaceful protesters around the world in their calls for justice and accountability for police brutality.

November 20, 2020 In The News

This month, we begin the transition away from a Trump era and toward a new presidency based on peace and cooperation. There is no area where this renewed vision is needed more than foreign policy. Trump has taunted, mocked, and burned bridges with our allies, while simultaneously cozying up to some of the most brutal dictatorial regimes around the world—especially those in the oil-rich Middle East. The damage done by the Trump administration runs deep, and it will take hard work and a clear understanding of the extent of the damage to fix it.

November 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) today introduced a package of resolutions to ban the Trump Administration’s proposed sale of weapons to the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced a $23 billion package of weapons sales to the UAE, despite consistent human rights violations by the regime.

November 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Ahead of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sent a letter to Zuckerberg opposing Facebook’s role in the violence around the world, most recently in Ethiopia. The letter also raises serious concerns related to the online hate speech that contributed to the violence against Sri Lankan Muslims and the genocide against Rohingya people in Burma. 

October 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) led a letter to oppose the treatment of Cameroonian migrants and asylum seekers in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention. The letter also raises serious concerns related to human rights violations, the ongoing Anglophone crisis, and the emergence of Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa. 

September 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) questioned top aides to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on President Trump’s abrupt firing of Steve Linick on May 15, 2020. Linick probed the Trump Administration’s decision to approve billions of dollars in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—despite clear opposition from Congress. Rep.