Trump reportedly raged at Mahmoud Abbas In Bethlehem Meeting: ’You tricked me’

Trump reportedly raged at Mahmoud Abbas In Bethlehem Meeting: ’You tricked me’
Tue May 30, 2017 12:34:47

An Israeli television channel has claimed that US President Donald Trump shouted at Palestinian Authority (PA) Leader Mahmoud Abbas in talks held during Mr Trump’s visit to the West Bank last week.

(Independent) -- US President reportedly yelled at Palestinian leader, alleging he has a role in inciting violence, in claims denied by Palestinian Authority

 “You tricked me in [Washington] DC! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement [against Israel],”  Mr Trump is alleged to have shouted at the Palestinian leader, an outburst that was followed by several minutes of shocked silence, said Israel’s Channel 2, citing an unnamed American official.

The alleged quotes were reported in Hebrew, and then tweeted by reporter Udi Segal in English.

The PA has denied the report, saying that the 23 May meeting went well.

The Channel 2 report certainly does not match up with the warm words exchanged between the two leaders during a televised media conference after the private meeting in Bethlehem.

“Meeting you in the White House earlier this month given us hope… and optimism of the possibility to make the long-standing dream of lasting peace come true,” Mr Abbas said, emphasising the Palestinian leadership’s desire for a two-state solution.

Mr Trump and Mr Abbas met in person for the first time at the White House on 3 May, when the US president boldly stated his desire to do “whatever is necessary” to achieve a lasting peace deal in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite the failure of several previous US administrations.