Trump to visit Israel on first trip abroad since entering White House

White House officials told Politico that U.S. President Donald Trump will fly to Israel before he attends the G-7 summit in Sicily on May 26. Last week, it was reported that Trump will most likely land in Israel on May 22.

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After the reports about U.S. President Donald Trump’s expected Israel visit, White House officials confirmed on Thursday that Trump will make it to Jerusalem before the G-7 summit in Sicily on May 26. The officials also said that Trump will visit the Vatican and Saudi Arabia.   

“Tolerance is the cornerstone of peace,” Trump said today at the White House. “That is why I am proud to make a major and historic announcement this morning and share with you that my first foreign trip as president of the United States will be to Saudi Arabia, then Israel and then to a place that my cardinals love very much, Rome.”

Trump added that he hopes that during his visit he will be able to build “a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries.”

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Last week, it was reported that Trump will most likely land in Israel on May 22. Last Thursday, an American delegation landed in Israel in order to finalize the details of his visit.

Yesterday, Trump met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. During a joint appearance, Trump said that he is committed to ending the conflict but that no country, including the U.S., can force Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement. However, he did express optimism, saying: “We will get this done.” Speaking through a translator, Abbas said: “It’s about time for Israel to end its occupation.”

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