US President Donald Trump had a day of meetings and visits to holy sites in Israel, the second stop on his overseas trip. In Jerusalem, he became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites. Trump left a note at the wall. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the President said achieving peace in the Middle East is “one of the toughest deals of all,” but he had a feeling “we’re going to get there eventually … I hope.” Netanyahu said for the first time in his life he sees “a real hope for change.” Ahead of his talks with Netanyahu, Trump sought to rebut claims that he had damaged Israeli intelligence capabilities by revealing highly classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office earlier this month. “Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel,” he said. The accusations, however, never suggested that Trump told his Russian visitors that the information came from Israel. Instead, the information Trump revealed is thought to have been so specific that its origin was clear. Earlier in the day, the President and first lady visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Trump held talks with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
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