President Trump participating in the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland strayed off the planned subject of global economics to publicly admonish Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for “disrespecting” Vice President Pence while in the Middle East.
The president seated next to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t mince any words about the deliberate snub by the Palestinian government.
Reminding the Palestinian leader that America is extremely generous when it comes to providing financial aid stating forcefully that the U.S. gives “billions of dollars’ to countries that turn around and ‘vote against us.”
The incident began last week when the Vice President finally visited the region after the initial trip was delayed regarding the announcement by President Trump that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and would move the U.S. embassy currently in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Vice President had intended to meet with all concerned parties regarding the peace process, his first stop was with Prime Minister Netanyahu, however Pence was informed while meeting with the prime minister in Israel that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had gone to Europe to meet with EU leaders, in an apparent public snub towards the Vice President.
Which Trump immediately took note stating; “when they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support.”
The President continued with Netanyahu looking on; “That money is on the table. That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”
“And they’re going to have to want to make peace and they’re going to want to make peace or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer. This was never brought up by other negotiations, but it’s brought up by me,” the president said.
The president then circled back to the thorny issue of Jerusalem stating; ‘We took Jerusalem off the table. So we don’t have to talk about it any more. They never got past Jerusalem.”
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