U.S. Ambassador Friedman "clarifies" comments on Palestinian president

Friedman at his confirmation hearing. Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman issued today a clarification about comments he made against Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Friedman wrote this morning in a tweet:

"The United States is not seeking 'to replace' Mahmoud Abbas. It is for the Palestinian people to choose its leadership."