JERUSALEM — “We are not only longtime friends, we are great allies and partners. We stand together always,” president Donald Trump said of the United States and Israel during his first official visit as president.
Joined by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at a joint press conference in Jerusalem, the president also called upon the Israeli government to help the United States halt the threat of a nuclear Iran.
“The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, never ever, and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately,” Trump said during a joint appearance with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. “There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran, and it is indeed a threat, there is no question about that,” he added.
Accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka, the president also traveled to Jerusalem’s Old City where he visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. During his visit, the president made history by becoming the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall, where he prayed silently and slipped a written prayer request between it’s stones.
Trump will continue touring Jerusalem before meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu this evening.
The trip marks the first official visit made by the president to the Middle East since being inaugurated in January.