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”
11:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
11:30 am: Holds a Cabinet meeting
1:00 pm: Announces U.S. will move embassy to Jerusalem
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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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”
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”