Trump officially announces Israel trip

US President Donald Trump personally confirms that his first foreign trip will include a visit to Israel.

“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,” he says during a meeting in the White House Rose Garden.

A statement from the White House said that Trump has “accepted the invitation of President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel, where he will further strengthen the United States-Israel partnership.” They will also discuss “way to advance a genuine and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

The statement also said that Trump would meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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