Who did Trump speak to about Israel and Iran?

Trump recently described the same conversation about Israel four times. Each time, the name of his Jewish acquaintance changed.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Trump at the IAC Summit
Trump at the IAC Summit
Noam Galai

US President Donald Trump recently several times told a story about a conversation with a Jewish acquaintance who told the President that the most important thing he did for Israel was to leave the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

However, as the Washington Post pointed out, each time Trump told the story, the name of the acquaintance with whom he was speaking changed.

The last such example came during a second Hanukkah reception at the White House on Wednesday, when Trump recalled a conversation he said he had with real estate developer Charles Kushner.

“I said, ‘Charlie, let me ask you, what’s bigger for the Jewish people: giving the embassy to Jerusalem, it becomes the capital of Israel. What’s bigger? That or the Golan Heights?’ He said, ‘Neither.’ I said, ‘What does that mean?’ He said, ‘The biggest thing of all is what you did by ending the Iran nuclear catastrophe,’” Trump said, adding, “I think that’s true.”

It was remarkably similar to a story Trump told at the first White House Hanukkah reception just four hours prior, this time recalling a conversation he said he had with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

“I said, ‘Bob Kraft, which is bigger? Which is more important to the Jewish people?’ He said, ‘Neither.’ I said, ‘What does that mean?’ He said, ‘What you did by terminating the Iran nuclear deal is bigger than both.’ I think that’s true.”

Four days before the Hanukkah receptions, during his speech at the IAC conference in Miami, Trump spoke about a conversation with Sheldon Adelson.

“I said to Sheldon, ‘What do you think was bigger? … Israel and the embassy going in, and it became Jerusalem, the capital of Israel? Or the Golan Heights?’ He said, ‘Neither,’” Trump said at that speech.

In September, Trump referred to having a similar conversation with “a friend of mine” who he did not name.

The Washington Post noted that Trump often relies on the same stories and phrases while speaking to reporters and at rallies. For example, Trump has spoken about his friend Jim, who purportedly used to visit Paris every year but no longer does because “Paris is no longer Paris.” Several outlets have tried to determine who exactly Jim is and whether he is real.

At least twice, the subjects Trump mentioned in the Israel story were in the room with him when he told it, the newspaper noted, but whether the conversations happened as Trump described them is unclear.

The White House declined to comment.




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