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Trump tells Republican Jewish Coalition ‘no president has ever been a better friend to Israel’

Former President Donald Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition that ‘no president has been a better friend to the state of Israel’ on Saturday as he and presidential hopefuls vie for the group’s backing in 2024. 

Trump enumerated his administrations’ actions that favored the country, including the long-anticipated and controversial move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal. 

Although he never alluded to his plans for the 2024 election year, Trump anticipated that Republicans ‘will win back that beautiful white building sometimes referred to as the White House.’

‘The stakes have never been higher,’ the former president said in his address, delivered via video. 

Former President Donald Trump (pictured) enumerated his administrations’ actions that favored the country, including the long-anticipated and controversial move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal

Former Vice President Mike Pence said at the event that current President Joe Biden has ‘turned his back on Israel.’

Biden has ‘restored funding for the Palestinian Authority, announced his intention to rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal, and now the Biden administration is planning to open a consulate in Jerusalem for the Palestinian people,’ Pence told the gathering, where he spoke in person.

‘This is an unlawful step and it’s time for Congress to act to deny President Biden from opening a consulate in Jerusalem,’ Pence added.

The former Vice President also didn’t announce any plans to run for President in the upcoming election, although he said that the party would ‘win back this country in 2024.’  

Former Vice President Mike Pence (pictured) said at the event that current President Joe Biden has 'turned his back on Israel'

Former Vice President Mike Pence (pictured) said at the event that current President Joe Biden has ‘turned his back on Israel’

Although former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie acknowledged that he was an early supporter of Trump and recalled playing the role of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden for the former president in debate prep sessions, he urged members of the coalition not to dwell on the previous administration’s accusations of election fraud. 

‘We can no longer talk about the past, and past elections,’ Christie said, eliciting applause. 

‘No matter where you stand on that election… it is over. Every minute that we spend talking about 2020, all the wasted time that we’re there, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are laying ruin to this country.’

The former New Jersey governor spoke of his success running for office in the state despite the Democratic majority there. He called upon the Republican party to zero in their focus on ‘hardworking, working class’ people who felt abandoned by the Democratic party. 

‘People want someone to fight for them, but to do it in a way that doesn’t hurt their ears, and you all know what I mean,’ Christie said. 

‘Demand… a plan for tomorrow, not a grievance about yesterday.’

Although former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (pictured) acknowledged that he was an early supporter of Trump and recalled playing the role of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden for the former president in debate prep sessions, he urged members of the coalition not to dwell on the previous administration's accusations of election fraud

Although former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (pictured) acknowledged that he was an early supporter of Trump and recalled playing the role of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden for the former president in debate prep sessions, he urged members of the coalition not to dwell on the previous administration’s accusations of election fraud

While Christie was well-received by the group, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis got a standing ovation from the crowd.  

DeSantis called Florida the ‘freest state in America,’ and took credit for the designation, saying that new residents were attracted by low taxes and lax government policy. 

The governor touted legislation he’d signed banning mass mailings of absentee ballots and the practice of ‘ballot harvesting,’ a term describing people who aren’t related to a voter collecting their ballots for them. 

While Christie was well-received by the group, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured) got a standing ovation from the crowd. He said his state was the 'freest' in America

While Christie was well-received by the group, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured) got a standing ovation from the crowd. He said his state was the ‘freest’ in America

He also denounced the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates, and declared that no one in Florida would lose their jobs because they are unvaccinated: ‘[Biden] doesn’t have the constitutional authority to do what he’s trying to do.’ 

‘No cop, no firefighter, no nurse should be kicked out of their job because of these mandates.’ 


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