Netanyahu calls President Trump great supporter of Israel

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is vouching for President Donald Trump as the two leaders appear together at a joint press conference.

Netanyahu says there is "no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump."

The prime minister was addressing a question from Israeli media about fears the administration "is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones."

Netanyahu says that he's known Trump, members of Trump's team and his family for many years. That includes Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, whom Netanyahu has known since Kushner was young.

President Trump says he will do "everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism."

Trump was asked by an Israeli reporter about a rise in anti-Semitic incidents and whether his campaign encouraged xenophobia. Trump notes that he won 306 electoral votes and fostered "tremendous enthusiasm" during his campaign.

The new president says the nation is "very divided" and adds he's hopeful to be able to "do something about that."

Trump notes that his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and their three children are Jewish. He says "you're going to see a lot of love" in the United States.


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