Trump returns to Israel and pays tribute to his father

Written by Staff Writer, CNN London During his first trip to Israel, President Donald Trump had the opportunity to revisit his family past, visiting the grave of his father on Thursday. Trump also observed…

Trump returns to Israel and pays tribute to his father

Written by Staff Writer, CNN London

During his first trip to Israel, President Donald Trump had the opportunity to revisit his family past, visiting the grave of his father on Thursday.

Trump also observed a moment of silence to mark the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel, which included a series of flags being raised in the middle of the desert.

A member of Trump’s security detail spoke with the President and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, about historic firsts during the visit to the cemetery, which Trump visited alongside his wife Melania, according to an official.

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The President’s trip came in the wake of a crucial European Union summit where he questioned the premise of NATO defense spending targets and stressed the need for a tough approach to the Russia crisis, as alliance members launched a vigorous response.

Despite issuing an executive order to keep the US embassy in Israel “substantially” intact in Tel Aviv, Trump has been criticized for the potential dissonance created by his decision, calling it “disappointing” and saying that “some countries haven’t been paying what they should pay.”

One item on the agenda that the President could not look forward to taking part in is the widely discussed 60th anniversary commemoration at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The display — which commemorates the six million Jews who died during World War II — was expected to include an exhibition showcasing President Trump’s ancestral Jewish roots, but it has been postponed until 2019.

“Due to scheduling conflicts that prevent the holding of the exhibition this year, it will be held in 2019 to further explain how immigrants into our country at the beginning of the 20th century sought a refuge in Israel,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Despite such a divisive and controversial world leader, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed the President’s support for Israel.

“We couldn’t be more proud of President Trump, who last week was the first serving American president to visit the Western Wall — the holiest site where Jews can pray,” Netanyahu said this week.

“As long as I live, I will be determined to protect the status quo of the Western Wall, unimpeded and free of excessive interference by other states.”

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