Rep. Ilhan Omar has said she has received an increase in death threats after US President Donald Trump posted a tweet reading "We will never forget!", accompanied by video footage of 9/11 and the congresswoman's remark.
"Since the President's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life — many directly referencing or replying to the President's video," Omar said in a statement.
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said that she had spoken with the House's sergeant-at-arms to confirm that Capitol Police conduct a security assessment for Ilhan Omar and her family.
Omar made a scandalous statement about the 9/11 terrorist act during her speech at a meeting with human rights organisations, which took place in late March.
On 11 September 2001, two planes rammed the World Trade Center's twin skyscrapers, while another one rammed a wing of Department of Defense's Pentagon building. A fourth plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The total death toll of the attacks is estimated at 2,996 people. Following the attack, the administration of US President George W Bush introduced a number of measures, including creating the Department of Homeland Security and introducing the PATRIOT Act, which took away some US citizens' liberties in exchange for heightened security.