Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump dines with religious leaders ahead of National Day of Prayer

On the eve of the first National Day of Prayer of his presidency, Donald Trump invited his closest evangelical advisors to join him for a private, long-awaited dinner celebration at the White House.

For the first time since they formed last June, the members of Trump’s campaign advisory board were meeting together not in weekly phone calls but in person, and having already accomplished what a year ago many thought was a long shot. Continue reading “Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump dines with religious leaders ahead of National Day of Prayer”

Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump meets with Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas, wants Mideast peace deal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time. In their preliminary statements, Trump declared that he is committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement and claimed that no accord can be imposed by a third party.

“The Palestinians and the Israelis must work to reach an agreement that will allow both people to live, worship, thrive, and prosper in peace,” said President Trump. “I would like to be a mediator or a facilitator to anything they wish to do and we will will get this done.”

President Abbas reiterated the Palestinian position supporting the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. He asserted that a comprehensive peace agreement would give impetus to both the Arab Peace Initiative and the fight against the Islamic State.

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Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:55 am: Begins meetings with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

12:15 pm: Gives a joint statement with President Abbas; Roosevelt Room

12:30 pm: Has a working luncheon with President Abbas; Cabinet Room

5:30 pm: Has dinner with religious leaders; Blue Room