Trump launched profane tirade at Netanyahu in interview – report | Donald trump
Donald Trump spat an oath at his former ally, ex-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for congratulating Joe Biden on his election victory last year, according to a new book.
Trump went wild in an interview for a book about US-Israel relations during his presidency, author Barak Ravid wrote on the Axios website on Friday. Trump’s remarks were also published on the English-language website of the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot.
“Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu were the closest political allies during their four years in power, at least in public. Not anymore, ”Ravid wrote.
“I haven’t spoken to him since,” Trump told Ravid in an interview. “Fuck him.”
Ravid said he interviewed Trump in April and July for his upcoming book, Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East.
He said Trump, who appeared close to Netanyahu while he was president from 2017 to 2021, repeatedly criticized him in the interviews.
“The last straw for Trump was when Netanyahu congratulated President-elect Biden on his electoral victory while Trump still disputed the result,” Ravid wrote.
Netanyahu had praised Biden more than 12 hours after the election was called. He did not refer to Biden as president-elect in the tweet and followed it with a message praising Trump.
Trump appeared particularly enraged by a video released by Netanyahu on January 20, the day of Biden’s inauguration, in which Netanyahu said he and Biden had a “warm personal friendship dating back decades.”
Trump never conceded the election, mistakenly claiming Biden won by voter fraud.
Other foreign leaders praised Biden earlier than the Israeli leader, but for Trump, Netanyahu stood out.
“The first person who congratulated [Biden] was Bibi Netanyahu, the man I did more for than anyone I have dealt with, ”Trump said, according to Ravid.
“Bibi could have stayed quiet. He made a terrible mistake, ”Trump said, using the nickname Netanyahu.
The Trump administration has taken unprecedented steps to support the Israeli government, including dropping objections to its settlements in the occupied West Bank and recognizing Jerusalem as the country’s capital. After proposing a plan for the Middle East that was flatly rejected by the Palestinians, the administration negotiated normalization agreements between Israel and four Arab states.
“Nobody did more for Bibi. I liked Bibi. I still love Bibi. But I also like loyalty, ”he said.
Ravid writes that Trump was unhappy that Netanyahu did not help him stay in office.
Netanyahu responded to Axios’ story in a statement Friday.
“I highly appreciate President Trump’s great contribution to Israel and its security,” he said.
“I also appreciate the importance of the strong alliance between Israel and the United States and, therefore, it was important for me to congratulate the new president. “
Netanyahu was replaced as prime minister last summer after being unable to form a government majority following four hotly contested elections in less than two years.
The two former leaders could return to power.
Trump is keeping open the possibility of running for president in 2024. Netanyahu is currently the opposition leader in the Israeli Knesset.
AFP and The Associated Press contributed to this report