President Donald Trump has often called himself a “friend of Israel.” Now, he is being recognized for that stance.
The Friends of Zion Museum presented President Trump with its Friends of Zion Award at the White House Monday.
The award is given to those who have defended Israel without compromise.
“This award was commissioned by the 9th president of the state of Israel, Shimon Peres, to recognize a global leader with courage to stand with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people,” explained Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Friends of Zion Museum.
“We believe no American president in history has done more to defend the Jewish people in the United Nations,” Evans said of Trump.
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President Donald Trump has announced that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy.
Here is the transcript of that announcement, made in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Wednesday, December 6. Continue reading “Wed, Dec. 6, 2017: Trump announces U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”
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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U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met with President Trump at the White House on Monday to talk about the two weeks that followed the July 14 terror attack on the Temple Mount.
Senior advisor Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt were included in the midday debriefing, the Jerusalem Post reported.
President Trump’s lack of response to the shooting and the rioting that followed surprised many in Israel.
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9:30 am: Participates in the swearing-in of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly
10:00 am: Leads a Cabinet meeting
11:30 am: Meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
1:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson
3:00 pm: Presents the Medal of Honor
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
President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit one of Judaism’s holiest sites.
The historic visit is part of Trump’s efforts to highlight “the need for unity among three of the world’s great religions” on his first foreign trip, senior administration officials said. Continue reading “Mon, May 22, 2017: Trump visits Western Wall, becoming first sitting U.S. president to do so”
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.
When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal – steak with a side of ketchup – will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.
At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids. And at all of Trump’s five stops on his first overseas trip, his team has spent weeks trying to build daily downtime into his otherwise jam-packed schedule.
It’s all part of a worldwide effort to accommodate America’s homebody president on a voyage with increasingly raised stakes given the ballooning controversy involving his campaign’s possible ties to Russia. For a former international businessman, Trump simply doesn’t have an affinity for much international. Continue reading “Itinerary, details: How foreign nations are planning for Trump’s arrival abroad”