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- Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota shared photos of a trip to "Mother Africa" with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress.
- Pelosi was joined by Omar and members of the Congressional Black Caucus for a US congressional delegation in Ghana on Wednesday.
- The visit comes in tandem with the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota posted pictures on Instagram Thursday of her return to "Mother Africa" with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress.
"They said ‘send her back’ but Speaker Pelosi didn’t just make arrangements to send me back, she went back with me," the Instagram caption reads.
Omar referenced a chant that erupted at a Trump rally in North Carolina, where attendees responded to the president’s statements about Omar by chanting "send her back." Omar was born in Somalia, moved to the US at age 10 as a refugee, and became a naturalized citizen at the age of 17.
Omar is also a part of "the Squad," which includes four progressive congresswomen who have recently clashed with the speaker on issues such as border funding and impeachment.
Omar and members of the Congressional Black Caucus joined Pelosi as she led a US congressional delegation in Ghana on Wednesday.
The visit comes in tandem with the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America. "The delegation will pay respects at Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and the ‘Door of No Return,’" according to a press release.
"Four-hundred years ago this year, our ancestors were first brought to this continent in chains. On this delegation, 12 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus will return to the African continent as Members of the United States Congress," Congresswoman Karen Bass said in a statement. "We have come so far but we still have so far to go."
Pelosi will be the first US Speaker of the House to address the Parliament of Ghana, her office said. She will meet with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Speaker Mike Oquaye, and other senior government officials, Fox News reported.
"In Ghana, our delegation looks forward to high-level discussions on key issues such as regional security, sustainable and inclusive development and the challenges of tomorrow including the climate crisis," Pelosi said in a statement.
Later in the international trip, the delegation will also visit the US Army Africa headquarters in Italy to "thank our men and women in uniform and receive briefings from US military leaders at US Army Africa headquarters," Pelosi said.
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