Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas told a PLO meeting on Tuesday that his “meeting with President Donald Trump was not comfortable,” because Trump was “enraged.”
On Sunday, Channel 2 reported that the meeting between Trump and Abbas in Bethlehem last week had been anything but cordial.
The report cited a US official present during the meeting who claimed that the president had expressed outrage with Abbas, yelling at him regarding Abbas’ claims that his Fatah faction was not involved in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement.
“You tricked me in Washington,” the president is said to have yelled at Abbas, referencing the PA leader’s March trip to the US capital.
The London-based Al-Arabi al Jadid news-site quoted a senior Palestinian Authority source who said that Abbas told those present about the “uncomfortable meeting with Trump in Bethlehem,” on May 23 as opposed to the “positive” meeting at the White House with the US President earlier that month.
During the meeting, Trump showed Abbas a video in which he is shown saying “we incite and the Israelis incite,” to which Abbas responded by accusing forgery of the video to make him look bad.
“You have the CIA. Ask them to check the video and find out how and who forged it to make me look bad,” Abbas reportedly told the President.