Source close to Abbas says Trump was angry during last week’s meeting in Bethlehem

According to a source close to the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas described his conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump last week as uncomfortable. The source stated that Abbas said that Trump was angry during the meeting.
Trump and Abbas Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump last week was not very pleasant, according to the al-Araby al-Jadid news site. “The American leader was angry,” a source close to Abbas told the London-based site on Thursday.

According to the report, the source said that Abbas himself described the meeting with Trump as uncomfortable. He also said that the U.S. president accused Abbas of being involved in the Palestinian Authority incitement against Israel.

The source added that during the meeting, Trump presented video clips of Abbas admitting to inciting to violence against Israel. However, the source claimed that the video clips were taken out of context. “You have the CIA!” Abbas reportedly shouted at Trump. “Ask them to investigate the video clips and see how they were edited in order to incriminate the Palestinians.”

Earlier this week, JOL News reported that a US source said that Trump shouted at Abbas during their meeting in Bethlehem. Less than a day later, a Palestinian official claimed that the Israeli media made up the report.

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