Trump says he could endorse Netanyahu even though ex-PM ‘disappointed’ him

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Former US president Donald Trump says he would consider endorsing Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming Knesset elections even though the ex-premier “disappointed [him] in certain ways.”

Trump does not elaborate when asked about Netanyahu during an interview with Newsmax, but he appears to be referring to the Likud leader’s decision to congratulate Joe Biden for winning the 2020 presidential election — one that Trump falsely claims was stolen.

“He was very early [to congratulate Biden]. Like earlier than most. I haven’t spoken to him since. Fuck him,” Trump said in an interview with Israeli reporter Barak Ravid last December.

Netanyahu was actually quite late in congratulating Biden in November of last year, conspicuously doing so long hours after many other world leaders.

“We’ll see what happens,” Trump tells Newsmax. “He disappointed me in certain ways, but he also did a very good job in other ways.”

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