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Joint Press Conference: Trump and Netanyahu

“We take you live to the White House where President Trump is holding a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

 

Netanyahu: “Under your leadership, Mr. President, I believe we can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam.  And in this great task, as in so many others, Israel stands with you and I stand with you. But if you’d let go of the handshake I wouldn’t have to stand quite so close with you.”

 

Trump (his tiny hand finally releasing Netanyahu’s hand after a 12-minute handshake): “We’ll take a couple of questions.  First we’ll take one from one of the goyem. You there from Christian Broadcasting.”

 

Reporter: “Mr. President, can you elaborate on this new, bigger peace plan you and the Prime Minister have been discussing?”

 

Trump: “Why yes. We’ve been discussing our new concept for a while. In fact Gen. Flynn has talked to them about it for a couple of years.”

 

Reporter: “Speaking of General Flynn …”

 

Trump (interrupting): “General Flynn is a wonderful man.  I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media, in many cases.  And I think it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. I think it’s very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated.  Very, very unfair.”

 

Reporter: “Sir, you fired General Flynn.”

 

Trump: “Next question.”

 

Reporter: “Mr. President, are you in favor of a one-state solution or a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?”

 

Trump: “I’m OK with whatever they decide — one-state solution, two-state solution, rock, paper, scissors. You name it.”

 

Reporter: “Mr. President, are you still committed to moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem?”

 

Trump: “I’d love to see that happen.  We’re looking at it very, very strongly.  If it doesn’t happen, then Mar-a-Lago.”

 

Reporter: “Mr. Prime Minister, are you optimistic that you can achieve peace with the Palestinians?”

 

Netanyahu: “First the Palestinians must acknowledge the right of the State of Israel to exist. Did you know, Mr. President, that they even deny our historical connection to our homeland. Do you know why Jews are called Jews?”

 

Trump: “I thought it was because you guys were Jewish.”

 

Reporter: “Mr. President, can you address the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. since you embraced anti-Semites during the campaign?”

 

Trump: “Thank you for bringing up my historic victory in which I got 750 Electoral votes.”

 

Trump and Netanyahu shake hands and start to walk away. A reporter shouts one final question: “Mr. President, do you have any comment on the reports of members of your staff having regular conversations with Russian Intelligence officials during the campaign?”

 

Trump: “Nyet.”


 

Written by Les East

Les East

Les East is a nationally renown freelance journalist. He was recently named top sports columnist in the United States by the Society of Professional Journalists and Louisiana Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. When he’s not writing about sports — and sometimes when he is — he likes to provide snarky commentary on current events. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter — @Les_East

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