President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived in Israel on May 22 in the second leg of the president’s first foreign trip.
The president and his retinue were greeted at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and their wives.
The Israeli trip comes after the Trumps spent two days in Saudi Arabia on the five-day foreign tour that will also take them to Vatican City and Brussels. “I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel,” Trump said at the airport.
Once in the country, the Trumps visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem. The president focused his rhetoric on Iran as the Israeli trip began, saying, “Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon.”
Trump said of Israel, “We are not only long-time friends – we are great allies and partners. We stand together always.”
Here’s another view from the trip to the church:
They also toured the garden of the home of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, alongside his wife, Nehama.
The trip to Israel came as questions swirled about whether Trump gave up Israeli intelligence on terrorism in a meeting at the White House with Russian officials. A former CIA director suggested the classified intelligence could have derived from Israel or Jordan, according to The Jerusalem Post.
The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, White House advisor, Jared Kushner, were also in Israel.
Kushner and his wife are practicing Jews.
President Trump and President Rivlin were also seen at the president’s residence in Jerusalem in more formal trappings.
President Trump was photographed signing the guest book at the residence.
President Trump greeted Sara Netanyahu, the wife of the Israeli prime minister, warmly at the airport.
Trump spoke warmly with the Israeli president, Rivlin, at the airport ceremony.
Watch video of Trump arriving in Israel here:
WATCH: Donald Trump Arrives in Israel, Meets With President Reuven Rivlin
President Donald Trump arrived in Israel and is confident that peace in the Middle East can happen. Watch his airport speech and meeting with Reuven Rivlin.
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