Donald Trump was livid that then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Joe Biden on his presidential victory final yr, Israeli journalist Barak Ravid reported Friday in Axios.
Trump criticized the transfer by a world chief he’d thought-about an ally, saying flatly of Netanyahu: “Fuck him,” Ravid reported.
Netanyahu was “very early … sooner than most world leaders,” Trump inaccurately insisted to the reporter, referring to Netanyahu’s congratulations after the November 2020 election. “I haven’t spoken to him since. Fuck him,” Trump added, in line with Ravid’s account in Axios.
In truth, Netanyahu didn’t congratulate President-elect Biden until several hours after many different overseas leaders, and he didn’t call him for another two weeks.
Netanyahu responded to the report in an announcement revealed in Axios later Friday, emphasizing that Israel’s relationship with the USA remains vital and that it was “necessary for me to congratulate the incoming President.”
Trump reportedly revealed his fury in interviews in April for Ravid’s upcoming e book, “Trump’s Peace,” which is due out Sunday within the U.S.
Trump anticipated full loyalty from Netanyahu, and that apparently included assist for his lies that the 2020 presidential election had been rigged in opposition to him, in line with Ravid’s recollections in Axios.
“No person did extra for Bibi. I appreciated Bibi. I nonetheless like Bibi,” Trump stated, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname and calling him “the person that I did extra for than another particular person I handled.”
However “I additionally like loyalty,” Trump reportedly stated. “The primary particular person to congratulate Biden was Bibi. And never solely did he congratulate him, he did it on tape.”
Ravid stated Trump instructed him: “Bibi might have stayed quiet. He made a horrible mistake.”
Netanyahu tweeted his congratulations to Biden and in a video on Nov. 8, 2020, the day after the presidential race had been referred to as for Biden.
Netanyahu stated in his message that he and Biden had loved a “lengthy & heat private relationship” for nearly 40 years and that he seen Biden as a “nice pal of Israel.”
Netanyahu additionally thanked Trump on Twitter and in his video.
Netanyahu was Israel’s prime minister for 15 years, relinquishing the position final June to Naftali Bennett. He’s now thought-about chief of the opposition in Israel.