Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has referred to the new Republican Party platform, set to be adopted at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, as the “most pro-Israel of all time!”
Trump made this statement on Thursday via his Twitter account. He has additionally announced that he will make his choice of running mate known on Friday. Former Speaker of the House of Representative Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are among the candidates to run as Trump’s VP.
The new platform, which has been approved by representatives of the Republican Party, has been amended to take out the party’s support of a two-state solution. A mention of Palestine has also been taken out, according to CNN, which managed to get hold of a copy of the platform’s draft. In addition, the new platform mentions an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Republican National Convention, in which Trump is set to officially become the party’s nominee for president, will start on Monday, in Cleveland, Ohio. The platform is also expected to be adopted and become official Republican Party policy at the convention.
According to recent polls, Trump is closing in on Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, with Clinton’s advantage in national polls going down to just 3 percent. However, Trump’s situation is far from ideal: Two thirds of American youth still see him as a racist.
Assad: Trump lacks experience? So did Obama, Bush, And Clinton
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview on Wednesday to NBC, saying that Trump’s lack of experience in state matters is more worrisome to him than his lack of foreign policy experience. According to Assad, Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton also did not come into office with plentiful amounts of experience in foreign policy.
Trump has praised several controversial leaders during his campaign so far, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and Assad himself, who’s been fighting a brutal civil war for about five years.
In September, Trump said of Assad that, “I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A and our president is not doing so well.” In an interview he gave last month, Trump said of Assad is a, “a bad guy.”
“But they’re all bad guys. We’re supporting rebels,” Trump added, “We don’t even know who they are.”