President Trump heads to the United Nations this week to meet with world leaders.
Trump’s trip to New York City opens Monday when he and more than 120 world leaders attend a meeting on United Nations reform.
After that, Trump meets separately with French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. One of their topics: Iran and the nuclear agreement reached by President Obama and U.S. allies in 2015.
The Trump administration has re-certified the Iran agreement, but Trump himself continues to claim that Tehran is violating “the spirit” of the agreement in which the Iranians give up the means to make nuclear weapons in exchange for reduction of sanctions by the U.S. and its allies.
On Monday evening, Trump will host a working dinner with Latin American leaders, with Venezuela’s problems as the main topic. As the chaos in Venezuela, including a government crackdown on civil liberties, threatens to spill over into neighboring countries, Trump has even spoken of “a military option.”
The president’s major speech to the general assembly comes Tuesday morning.
Over the course of U.N. week, Trump will also host a diplomatic reception have lunches with African leaders and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres. He also has roster of bilateral meetings with leaders of Slovakia, Qatar, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan and Ukraine. He is also expected to meet with the president of South Korea.
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President Donald Trump opened his first visit to Israel Monday, saying he sees growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a “common cause” with Israel in their determination to counter the threats posed by Iran.
Arriving directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for cooperation among U.S. allies in the Middle East. His second stop on the nine-day tour aimed to test the waters for reviving the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Continue reading “Mon, May 22, 2017: Trump meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, says Israel and Arabs share ‘common cause’ against Iran”
Trump will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visit Jerusalem’s famed Western Wall.
A planned trip to the ancient Masada fort was scrapped after it was determined that the Marine One helicopter couldn’t land there – and the U.S. Secret Service was unwilling to put the president in a dangling cable car.
Trump does plan to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried and rose from the dead.
He will also stop to pray at the Western Wall and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial.
- Arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv.
- Meets with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel in Jerusalem.
- Visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall.
- Meets with Mr. Netanyahu of Israel.
- The president and first lady will have dinner with Mr. Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.
President Donald Trump said he would support the peace agreement Israel and Palestinians “like the best” in a joint press conference during which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu railed against Palestinian efforts to reach a deal.
“I’m looking at two state and one state. And I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said when asked about a peace agreement. Continue reading “Wed, Feb. 15, 2017: Trump holds joint press conference with Netanyahu, asks him to ‘hold off’ on settlements (Video)”
10:15 am: Participates in a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company CEOs; Roosevelt Room
11:50 am: The president and Mrs. Trump greet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Mrs. Netanyahu; South Portico
Noon: Participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu; East Room
12:40 pm: Begins meetings with Netanyahu
4:15 pm: Speaks with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina
4:30 pm: Participates in a legislative affairs strategy session
6:30 pm: The president and first lady host Senator Marco Rubio and Mrs. Rubio for dinner; Blue Room
President Trump, who has made support for Israel a cornerstone of his foreign policy, shifted gears on Thursday and for the first time warned the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off new settlement construction.
“While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal,” the White House said in a statement.
The White House noted that the president “has not taken an official position on settlement activity,” but said Mr. Trump would discuss the issue with Mr. Netanyahu when they meet Feb. 15, in effect telling him to wait until then. Emboldened by Mr. Trump’s support, Israel had announced more than 5,000 new homes in the West Bank since his Jan. 20 inauguration.
The statement resembled those issued routinely by previous administrations of both parties for decades, but Mr. Trump has positioned himself as an unabashed ally of Israel and until now had never questioned Mr. Netanyahu’s approach. Mr. Trump picked as his ambassador to Israel a financial supporter of West Bank settlement, and he harshly criticized former President Barack Obama in December for not blocking a United Nations resolution condemning settlements.
–Peter Baker, The New York Times
President Donald Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in early February during a phone call in which they discussed the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship, the White House said on Sunday.
In his first call with Netanyahu since taking office on Friday, Trump stressed his “unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security.”
“The president and the prime minister agreed to continue to closely consult on a range of regional issues, including addressing the threats posed by Iran,” the White House said in a statement. Continue reading “Sun, Jan. 22, 2017: Trump makes phone call with Netanyahu, begins talks on moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem”