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Trump: Netanyahu’s Condemnation Was Inappropriate

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People gather for a protest against United States presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of the Plaza Hotel in New York, New York, USA, on December, 11 2015.

On Sunday, December 13th, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was asked about his reaction to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US, reports The Jerusalem Post.

In a CNN interview with Jake Tapper, Trump stated that although he canceled a planned trip to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, it did not mean that world leaders, including Netanyahu, are “distancing themselves” from him. Trump added that he could be meeting Netanyahu right away, reports Jewish Press. On Twitter, Trump said the meeting with Netanyahu would take place “after I become president of the US.”

Trump said, “He modestly condemned them [my remarks], and I thought it was sort of inappropriate that he condemned them, but that’s OK. He wanted to condemn them, that’s what he does. OK?,” adding, “I’m not looking to be politically correct. I’m doing this to do the right thing (…) Our country has a problem. People are in fear. They’re waiting for the next attack.”

According to Times of Israel, Trump also told CNN that “his Muslim friends back him for highlighting the problems of extremism within their community, even if they don’t support the idea of a travel ban.” Trump told Trapper that, “(…) without the ban, you’re not going to make the point.” Trump also expressed to Tapper his desire to find out where the terrorists’ hatred towards America comes from.

After the Trump’s visit was postponed, Netanyahu’s office said it had nothing to do with the announcement. Netanyahu’s office had released a statement in reaction to Trump’s comments and his announcement, whereby “The State of Israel respects all religions and protects stringently the rights of all its citizens. At the same time Israel is struggling with extreme Islam that is attacking Muslims, Christian and Jews as one and is threatening the entire world.”

The conversation with Jake Trapper took place merely a couple of days after protesters had disrupted Donald Trump’s speech at NYC luncheon on Friday, December 11th, “criticizing the billionaire businessman’s recent anti-Islam rhetoric,” according to Vos Iz Neias. The protesters were affiliated with various Arab-American and Muslim-American groups, as well as groups for racial equality. The event attended by Trump and sponsored by the Commonwealth Club, a Pennsylvania Republican group, was closed to the press.

Kala Jerzy

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