Trump Cancels Netanyahu Meeting After Israeli PM Denounces Muslim Ban

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump watches as Tureano Johnson fights Eamonn O'Kane in an IBF middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
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Donald Trump announced on Thursday morning that he would postpone his December trip to visit Israel and meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, one day after the Israeli prime minister denounced Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from visiting the United States.

On Wednesday afternoon, Netanyahu issued a statement disagreeing with Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from the country.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Muslims,” his office said in a statement on Wednesday. “The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens. At the same time, Israel is fighting against militant Islam that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews alike and threatens the entire world.”

Trump had scheduled a trip to Israel to meet with Netanyahu on December 28. Netanyahu’s office said on Wednesday that he would still meet with Trump, noting the prime minister’s policy of meeting with any U.S. presidential candidate, according to The Guardian.

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