Trump’s ‘honor’ tweet about meeting Mahmoud Abbas is deleted

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President Trump’s tweet saying it was “an honor” to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday has been deleted.

“An honor to host President Mahmoud Abbas at the WH today. Hopefully something terrific could come out of it between the Palestinians & Israel,” read the tweet, which was removed about 13 hours after it was posted.

Deleting the tweet, captured by ProPublica, comes as the White House announced Thursday that Trump will visit Israel as part his first trip overseas.

It wasn’t clear why the tweet, sent from the commander-in-chief’s personal account, was removed. The White House didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

The since-deleted tweet had a short video showing clips of Trump and Abbas’ seemingly productive meeting.

Both leaders initially indicated the meeting was the first step toward reaching a peace deal between Palestine and Israel.

Trump, speaking at a joint press conference with Abbas, said he’d be “a mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator” and do “whatever is necessary” for the two counties to reach an agreement.

Abbas told reporters after the sit-down that the meeting was slim on specifics about a peace accord, but said it was a positive meeting and “we build hopes on it.”

Trump, speaking at a joint press conferencewith Abbas, said he’d be “a mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator” and do “whatever is necessary” for the two counties to reach an agreement.

Abbas told reporters after the sit-down that the meeting was slim on specifics about a peace accord, but said it was a positive meeting and “we build hopes on it.”

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