Donald Trump said Thursday he was postponing a planned trip to Israel, but vowed to return “after I become president of the US.”
The Republican firebrand, who is facing fierce criticism from around the world over his call for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States, had been set to meet with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on December 28.
But Netanyahu’s office said he “rejects” Trump’s remarks, stressing that the planned talks were in line with the premier’s practice of meeting candidates visiting Israel.
“I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with @Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the US,” Trump said in a tweet.
US presidential candidates often visit Israel while campaigning as part of efforts to shore up their foreign policy credentials.
Beyond that, Netanyahu has regularly expressed support for Republicans in the United States, and firm backing for Israel has become a decisive issue for the party.
But the Trump visit had already stirred strong opposition in Israel, with a range of lawmakers voicing hostility to it because of his comments.
Trump made his remarks on Muslims after last week’s mass shooting in California by a Muslim couple said to have been radicalized.
Painting Trump as a “carnival barker” with “fake hair” whose campaign belonged in the “dustbin of history,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Trump’s plan should disqualify him from office.
The billionaire hotel magnate, who currently leads Republican polls by double-digit margins over his nearest rivals, has warned he may launch a third party campaign if uneasy conservatives move against him.
That could all but kill Republican chances of beating Hillary Clinton, if she is indeed the eventual Democratic nominee, say observers.
Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’
Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.
It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.
Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.
Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war
With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.
With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.
He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.
Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’
In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.
He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.
The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).