Fresh off his successful visit to the Middle East, President Trump’s next stop was a visit to Israel.
This morning, Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall.
BREAKING: President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall.
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Posted by Washington Examiner on Monday, May 22, 2017
Here’s more of what the president had to say during his visit.
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From Washington Examiner:
President Trump insisted Monday that Iran must “never, ever” come close to acquiring nuclear weapons, and called on Israel to join the U.S. in resisting a nuclear Iran shortly after his arrival in Jerusalem for his first visit to Israel as president.
“The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, never ever, and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately,” Trump said during a joint appearance with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem.
So far so good for President Trump.
It seems like most people agree Trump was solid in Saudi Arabia and things are off on the right foot in Israel too.
The Western Wall is one of the holiest sites in Israel but it’s relatively controversial enough in terms of its location that sitting presidents have shied away from visiting.
Previous presidents have visited as private citizens, however.
From NBC News:
President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall on Monday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit one of Judaism’s holiest sites.
The Western Wall is not officially recognized as Israeli territory, and the Trump administration has not been clear about whether they believe the holy site is part of Israel.
George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama each visited the Western Wall as private citizens or candidates. None of them was accompanied by an Israeli prime minister, and current Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu did not join Trump for his visit. The two leaders and their wives will have dinner at Netanyahu’s residence Monday evening.
Nice to see that President Trump wasn’t worried about offending anyone and just did the right thing.
Hard to ignore that Trump really seems to be garnering serious respect on this trip.