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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump is in Israel Monday, the second leg of his first foreign trip, where he's holding meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Follow along for live updates.

The latest: Trump and Melania have arrived at Netanyahu's residence, where they signed Bibi's guestbook and took a brief tour of the house. The two leaders then delivered a joint statement. They took no questions, but traded compliments and spoke of their optimism that a peace deal could be reached.

5:21am ET/ 12:21pm GMT+3: President Trump and Melania touched down at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, where they greeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Soon after their arrival, Sara was reportedly overheard telling Melania that the media also hates her and Bibi. "You know in Israel all the people like us, the media hate us but the people love us," said Sara, per Israel's Channel 2. "Like you."

Oded Balilty / AP

6:55am ET/ 1:55pm GMT+3: Bibi tweets a group photo.

7am ET/ 2pm GMT+3: Marine One lands in Jerusalem. Trump meets with President Rivlin at his residence for a bilat. Trump commended Rivlin's work, and the two discussed the "opportunity" for Israel and other countries in the Middle East to come together.

Atef Safadi / EPA Pool via AP

7:50am ET/ 2:50pm GMT+3: Trump and Rivlin deliver a joint statement in Jerusalem. Key quote:

"This moment in history calls for us to strengthen our cooperation, as both Israel and America face common threats – from ISIS and other terrorist groups, to countries like Iran that sponsor terrorism and fund and foment terrible violence. Together, we can work to end the scourge of violence that has taken so many lives, here in Israel and around the world." — Donald Trump.
Evan Vucci / AP

8:45am ET/ 3:45pm GMT+3: Trump and Melania visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Evan Vucci / AP

9:27am ET/ 4:27pm GMT+3: President Trump becomes the first sitting president in U.S. history to visit the Western Wall (Obama went as a candidate). He solemnly pressed his right hand against the Holy site, and left a note inside, in accordance with Jewish tradition. Trump was accompanied by Melania, Ivanka, and Jared.

Evan Vucci / AP

11am ET/ 6:pm GMT+3: Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu visit children on their tour of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

Sebastian Scheiner / AP

11:05am ET/ 6:03pm GMT+3: President Trump meets with Bibi in Jerusalem, where he criticizes the Iran deal as Netanyahu nods along. "We gave them wealth and prosperity... and an ability to continue with terror," said Trump. "Iran will never have a nuclear weapon. That I can tell you." Trump also told Bibi that he "never mentioned the word or the name Israel" during his Oval Office meeting with top Russian officials. "They're all saying I did, so you have another story wrong."

Evan Vucci / AP

3pm ET/ 10pm GMT+3: Fireworks were shot over the Old City in Jerusalem following Trump and Melania's dinner with Netanyahu and Sara.

Evan Vucci / AP

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Former Senator David Perdue (R) plans to announce a campaign against Georgia's incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp Monday, according to a source familiar with Perdue's thinking.

Why it matters: Perdue's challenge to his former ally Kemp sets up an unprecedented "scorched earth" battle between Georgia Republicans fueled by former President Donald Trump, in the battleground state. The news was first reported by Politico.

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Bipartisan tributes flood in for "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Bob Dole at an event put on by the World Food Program where he was awarded the first “McGovern-Dole Leadership Award” in December 2013. Photo: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate colleagues, are sharing condolences and memories commemorating the life of Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record.

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Former Sen. Bob Dole in 2019. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole passed away Sunday morning at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced in a statement.

Driving the news: Dole, a revered figure in U.S. politics and the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, served in the Senate for 27 years, including 11 years as GOP leader. Earlier this year he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

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