Trump starts to flex his muscles on foreign policy
We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016
The twisting day of drama, began with a series of early-morning tweets from Mr Obama ahead of Mr Kerry’s speech. Last week, Mr Trump had indicated he opposed a UN Security Council resolution that rebuked Israel over Jewish settlements – a vote that was only made possible by the US’s decision to abstain.
Mr Trump had joined Mr Netanyahu in trying to block the UN resolution, which said there was no legal basis for Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas. Indeed, it was because of such pressure that Egypt, the bill’s original sponsor, dropped the idea, ultimately pushing the vote back by a day.