Trump aides ‘celebrate victory’ visit to Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trump meets Nakba marchers in 1948 in Jerusalem during his presidential campaign Donald Trump’s inner circle gathered in Jerusalem to remember their victory in the 2016 US election….

Trump aides 'celebrate victory' visit to Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trump meets Nakba marchers in 1948 in Jerusalem during his presidential campaign

Donald Trump’s inner circle gathered in Jerusalem to remember their victory in the 2016 US election.

They were visiting a country they fought so hard to win the support of.

The 3 June election last year was Mr Trump’s first as an outsider seeking the presidency.

And the visit to Israel took the mood back to the era of his campaign.

At the entrance to Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall plaza, the US president shook hands with an elderly woman whose face bore the same striking similarities to his mother, Mary, who visited the site as a child in 1921.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The welcome at the Western Wall contrasted with the crowd protesting against Mr Trump

The 78-year-old woman did not tell reporters she shared her name with the president’s mother but she has been in the news regularly since the US election.

She was born Esther Teitlebaum, named after the Chabad emissary, Leib Teitlebaum, who founded the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn in the 19th century.

During her mother’s time in Israel, Esther gave birth to nine children, of whom Trump was the fourth son.

Image copyright AFP Image caption ‘Back to the future’ theme won the election as the oldest member of the White House team suggested today

In 1948, Mr Trump’s father, Fred, had married Esther Teitlebaum’s first cousin. He did not immediately learn of his first cousin’s baby news, leaving Esther to bring the infant daughter back to the US with her from Jerusalem.

The American press objected to the amount of time taken by the trip, but these are topics Donald Trump’s father would have explained to him.

Mr Trump’s wife, Melania, has visited Israel many times during her first term as first lady.

Today, Trump daughter Ivanka shared an image on her Twitter account that reflected the theme of the trip: “Back to the future – maybe. But always with an American – and always fighting for our values.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A planned meeting between Ivanka Trump and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres fell through at the last minute

A planned meeting between Ivanka Trump and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres fell through at the last minute.

The discussions had been planned for Monday evening but it was later revealed there had been only a little preparation for the event.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 15 presidents attending the president’s second state visit to Israel and Palestine

The United Nations has previously issued a “strong condemnation” of Mr Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it “contrary to Security Council resolutions”, according to a spokesman for Mr Guterres.

But Mr Trump also extended recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.

The Palestinians say the declaration means the US is no longer an honest broker in peace negotiations with Israel.

Mr Trump has shifted US policy on relations with Iran, withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear agreement.

The president arrives in Riyadh on Wednesday for a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council states.

The White House said he and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would discuss “Iran, extremism, stabilising and reforming the Middle East, achieving a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and countering proliferation in the Middle East and beyond”.

On Friday, the president’s first foreign trip ends in Brussels, where he will address both Nato and the European Union leaders’ summits.

By George Campbell, BBC News

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