Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted to thank the network for forcefully denouncing its host Jeanine Pirro's Islamophobic attack on Omar for wearing a hijab, which Pirro suggested meant Omar had an "adherence to Sharia law" over the U.S. Constitution.
Shams answered that Omar is trying to be careful amid her own recent controversies, all while doubling down on his call for Pirro's firing.
'They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly'.
"No one's commitment to our Constitution should be questioned due to their faith or country of birth", Omar said.
When asked about Pirro's initial response to the outrage her remarks caused, Shams said he wasn't satisfied and "she should be fired".
President Donald Trump called on Omar to resign, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her to "immediately apologize for these hurtful comments". He also dismissed Fox News' rebuke of Pirro by saying that if they really condemn her remarks, "you fire an individual like this who is constantly dividing America".
Omar is a longtime critic of Israel's Palestinian policies and a proponent of the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement in the United States to condemn Israel's government policies.
Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, is one of the first two Muslim-American women ever elected to Congress.
Controversial statements about Israel by Omar, a freshman Democratic lawmaker, have landed her in hot water with members of both parties. "Fox News has gone back time and time again about fear of Muslims, fear of minorities". "They want to have her on the air spewing this venom all the time, but they also want to keep just enough distance so advertisers don't get uncomfortable".
Hufsa Kamal Khan, a Muslim woman who is an associate producer for Fox News host Bret Baier, criticized Pirro online. "You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself".
Fox News found solidarity with an unlikely politician on Monday. She invited the Somali-American congresswoman to come on her show "to discuss all of the important issues facing America today", but didn't apologize.