Trump to visit Israel on his first foreign trip: US President says he’ll meet with Netanyahu on Monday in Israel ahead of visit to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump will visit Israel’s capital city on Monday and then head to Jerusalem for a second round of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a White House official said Sunday.

Trump will be accompanied by Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu on his trip to Jerusalem, the official said. 

 The official said the president and his senior administration officials would meet with Israel’s new prime minister, who is expected to meet with Trump at the White House before departing to the region for a third round of bilateral talks.

Trump’s trip to Israel is his first since becoming president, and is expected as the administration looks to reassure Israeli Prime Ministers Netanyahu and Benjamin Netanyahu are in good shape and have an interest in continuing their relationship, the White’s official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The White House said Trump would arrive in Israel at 9:30 a.m. local time.

The official also said Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Trump’s last trip to the Middle East was a trip to Saudi Arabia in June 2019. 

The White’s decision to go with the president to Israel reflects the fact that Trump has been criticized for going to Israel on a whim, with critics arguing the trip was an attempt to avoid paying attention to Middle East peace talks. 

On Saturday, Netanyahu announced that he was sending the president a letter of congratulatory letter and said he had been receiving calls from American business leaders as well as American citizens about Trump’s trip. 

Trump’s first foreign visit as president was to Saudi King Salman in March 2018.

On Saturday afternoon, Netanyahu said he will host the next president of the United States, who he will meet at a dinner in Jerusalem.

Trump is scheduled to arrive in Jerusalem at 10:30 p.m., a White White House aide said.