Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump arrives in Italy to meet Pope Francis, Italian leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Italy on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Pope Francis and Italian leaders, on the third leg of his first international trip since taking office.

Trump’s meeting with the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics on Wednesday comes after the pair sparred at a distance on issues including migration, climate change and Islam. Continue reading “Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump arrives in Italy to meet Pope Francis, Italian leaders”

Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump speaks at Israel Museum

U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3rd L) and their wives Melania Trump (L) and Sara Netanyahu (2nd L), delivers remarks after a wreath-laying at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Remarks by President Trump at the Israel Museum

Jerusalem

2:28 P.M. IDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s very nice. And thank you to Prime Minister Netanyahu. And I also want to thank Sara for hosting us last night in really a very unforgettable dinner. We had a great time. We talked about a lot of very, very important things. And thank you to Ambassador David Friedman and Mrs. Friedman for joining us, along with a number of very good friends who have come from our country to yours, as we reaffirm the unshakable bond between the United States of America and Israel. Thank you. (Applause.) Continue reading “Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump speaks at Israel Museum”

Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump visits Israel’s Holocaust memorial

President Trump, visiting Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, paid solemn tribute Tuesday to the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, calling it “history’s darkest hour.”

At the memorial, Yad Vashem, Trump lighted an eternal flame and laid a wreath honoring the victims. He called the Nazi campaign of extermination against European Jewry “the most savage crime against God and his children.”

“Millions of wonderful and beautiful lives — men, women and children — were extinguished as part of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people,” said the president. “It is our solemn duty to remember, to mourn, to grieve and to honor every single life that was so cruelly and viciously taken.”

–The Los Angeles Times

Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump speaks on Manchester bombing, calls attackers ‘evil losers’

The US president has condemned the “evil losers” behind Monday night’s attack on a pop concert in Manchester that claimed the lives of at least 22 people and injured scores more.

In remarks delivered alongside the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Donald Trump lambasted the “wicked ideology” behind the attack, going beyond what British police and politicians have thus far said in attributing responsibility for the bombing.

Trump used the Manchester attack to echo a message he has delivered in Saudi Arabia and Israel on his brief tour of the Middle East, calling on countries to root out terrorism.

–The Guardian, Peter Beaumont

Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump in West Bank: Meets with Abbas, talks peace with Israel

A high-stakes meeting with Mahmoud Abbas will mark Trump’s second sit-down with the Palestinian Authority’s president.

Making progress toward an ever-elusive peace deal between Arabs and Jews is the most crucial foreign policy objective of the trip, according to White House insiders.

  • Meets with Mr. Abbas.
  • Lays a wreath at the Holocaust memorial museum.
  • Gives speech at the Israel Museum before departing for Rome.