President Donald Trump continued his first overseas trip with a stop in Israel today to meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump met with Rivlin earlier today in Tel Aviv.
Trump met with Netanyahu at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem first, then delivered remarks at Netanyahu’s residence at 12:25 p.m ET (7:25 p.m. local time).
The trip to Israel comes at a critical moment for relations between the two countries. As Foreign Policy reported last week, Israeli Intelligence was not happy with Trump after it was revealed that Israel was the source of the highly classified information Trump shared with Russian diplomats on May 10.
“To them, it’s horrifying,” an official told Foreign Policy. “Their first question was: ‘What is going on? What is this?’”
In addition, Bloomberg reported before the trip began that Trump is not expected to announce moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel. Trump previously promised to do so, and Republicans in Congress have called for the move.
“We don’t think it would be wise to do it at this time,” a White Hosue official told Bloomberg. “We’ve been very clear what our position is and what we would like to see done, but we’re not looking to provoke anyone when everyone’s playing really nice.”
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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