Monday, March 05, 2018

President Trump Welcomes Netanyahu to White House

President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office of the White House March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The prime minister is on an official visit to the US until the end of the week.

Mr. Trump also told reporters that he may visit Jerusalem as work begins on the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem slated to open in May. Mr. Trump told Netanyahu that a proposed $1 billion price tag for the embassy was no good and instead would get it done for about $250,000. "Is that good?" he inquired of Netanyahu as the two laughed.

"We're looking at coming," he said. "If I can, I will. Again, Israel is very special to me, special people and I very proud of that decision."

Mr. Trump said his decision on designating Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was "very much appreciated" by the region. "Many presidents were discussing whether or not to make that decision, and they promised it in their campaigns but they never were able to do what they should have done so I was able to do it," he said.

Netanyahu hailed the procomation as "historic" saying it would be "remembered by our people through the ages." He added, "Others talked about it, you did it, so I want to thank you on behalf of people of Israel."

PM Netanyahu Arrives in Washington

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