Reports: Trump Advisers Want Netanyahu to Attend Inauguration Day
President-elect Donald Trump has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attend his inauguration on Jan. 20, according to reports.
However, the Jerusalem Post, citing its sources, reported that Netanyahu hasn’t yet received an invitation. The New York Post first broke the story on Saturday saying Trump, led by advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, were looking to invite the prime minister or arrange a meeting between the two leaders before then.
“There’s a plan for Trump to meet with Netanyahu,” a source told the New York Post. “They’re talking all the time. And Netanyahu is talking about possibly going to the inauguration.”
Sources in the prime minister’s office said that the two have spoken several times since November. On Sunday, Netanyahu posted a brief clip of Trump speaking about Israel.
“We have to protect Israel,” Trump said in the clip. “Israel to me is very, very important. We have to protect Israel. And I disagree with what he [President Barack Obama] has done with Israel. I listened to Secretary [John] Kerry’s speech [Wednesday night], and I think it is very unfair to Israel what happened.”
Netanyahu said he would meet with Trump at the “first opportunity.”
Inauguration Day is Jan. 20, which is also President Barack Obama’s last day in office.