Jan 25, 2018

Trump to Palestinians: "respect has to be shown" to America

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: AFP / Getty Images

President Trump said Thursday "we’ll see what happens with the peace process" in the Middle East, "but respect has to be shown to the U.S. or we're just not going anywhere."

Why it matters: Trump spoke seated next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

What Trump is talking about: He said Palestinians "disrespected" the U.S. when they said they would not meet with Vice President Mike Pence on his Middle East trip in the last week. This comes after the U.S. announced it would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said showed Trump was withdrawing the U.S. from the peace process.

Trump's conditions: He implied Thursday Palestinians they would need to come to the negotiating table if they wanted U.S. aid for the UN Relief and Works Agency reinstated. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert has said the reductions in aid were not meant as a punitive measure for the Palestinians.

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Exclusive: Pro-Trump group plans post-Super Tuesday blitz on Democrats

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Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is preparing to unleash a series of targeted, swing-state attacks on the Democrats most likely to face President Trump after Super Tuesday, people familiar with the group's plans tell me in an exclusive preview of its strategy.

The state of play: The group has been tracking favorable/unfavorable ratings in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 2020 candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg — under the theory that if Trump wins each of these six states he would win re-election.