Official who said Jews’ holiest prayer site is not part of Israel does ‘not represent the position of US and certainly not of president’
SHINGTON — The White House on Monday said that comments from a US official who told his Israeli counterparts that the Western Wall is not part of Israel were “unauthorized” and do not represent the stance of the Trump administration.
“The comments about the Western Wall were not authorized communication and they do not represent the position of the United States and certainly not of the president,” a senior administration official told The Times of Israel.
In a bitter diplomatic incident, a senior member of the US delegation making preparations for Trump’s visit to Israel next week angrily rejected a request that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany the president when he visits the Western Wall, and then sniped at his Israeli counterparts that the Western Wall is “not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank,” Channel 2 reported Monday…. read more
….The report quoted Israeli sources in charge of Trump’s visit as saying that “this is Trump’s show, all the rest are extras, including Prime Minister Netanyahu … The statement that the Western Wall is territory in the West Bank was received with astonishment … Israel is convinced that this statement is contrary to President Trump’s policy, as it was expressed in his behavior and his fierce opposition to the last Security Council resolution.”
“These comments, if true, were not authorized by the White House. They do not reflect the U.S. position, and certainly not the President’s position,” a White House spokesman told Haaretz.
The diplomat who made the offensive remarks about one of the holiest sites in Judaism was named in a television report Tuesday as David Berns, the political counselor at the US Consulate in Jerusalem…. read more
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The entire U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing Wednesday on the North Korea situation, amid escalating tensions over the country’s missile tests and bellicose rhetoric.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators, on Monday.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats plan to provide the update to lawmakers.
It is rare for the entire Senate to be invited to such a briefing.
Spicer clarified that while the event will take place on the White House campus, it is technically a Senate briefing and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is the one who convened it…. read more
US Capitol Police have arrested a female motorist who hit a police cruiser and tried to run over several officers at a checkpoint on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, local media reported. Several shots were fired but no one was injured.
Multiple police cars have been spotted outside the US Botanic Garden, on the south side of the Capitol reflecting pool.
A notice sent to area offices tells of unspecified Capitol Police activity at the intersection of Washington and Independence avenues, but the Capitol complex itself has not been locked down, according to one reporter from The Hill…. [read more]
Trump White House shuts out certain media from briefings
DEBKAfile February 25, 2017, 11:49 AM (IDT)
Shortly after President Donald Trump told the Republican Convention Friday, “The fake news doesn’t tell the truth… and we’re going to do something about it,” reporters of the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, the Los Angels Times, Politico, the BBC and the Huffington Post were shut out of the regular White House briefing. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that only a pool of news organizations that represents and shares reporting with the larger press corps were invited. The pool included Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, Hearst Newspapers and CBS Radio.
Others present at the briefing were Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times. Journalists from ABC, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fox News also attended.
Reporters from The Associated Press and Time magazine, who were set to be allowed in, chose not to attend the briefing in protest of the White House’s actions. The Washington Post did not send a reporter to the session.
John Roberts, Fox’s chief White House correspondent, said that Fox supports complaints being filed by the White House Correspondents Association and pool TV networks. [Full Source]