Trump Becomes First Sitting President to Visit Western Wall

US President Donald Trump (C-L) and First Lady Melania Trump (C-R) visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalems Old City on May 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)


President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Israel's Western Wall, a White House official said Monday.

"Historical moment: visits the Western Wall, making him the first sitting to do so," White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. said on Twitter.

Images of the president's visit appear to show him placing a note in the wall–as is customary. Trump donned a yarmulke for the visit.

NBC reports that Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama only visited the Western Wall as private citizens, not when they were serving as leader of the free world.

The visit came hours after Trump touched down in Israel, the second stop of his world tour. Trump was greeted at the airport by Israeli leaders — and travelled via helicopter to the nation's capital to visit holy sites.

Trump was joined at the Western Wall by his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka. They too placed notes in the wall.

Trump's first stop on his world tour was Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he pledged to fight Islamist extremism at a summit of Muslim leaders.

The president's flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv also made history — as it's considered one of the first direct flights between the two cities.

Trump intends to meet with the Palestinian leader Tuesday and later to visit the Vatican, Brussels, and Italy.

Daniel Halper

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Daniel Halper is a contributing editor to the Washington Free Beacon. He previously was Washington bureau chief for the New York Post and online editor for The Weekly Standard, where he remains a contributing editor. Halper is the New York Times bestselling author of Clinton, Inc.

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