On Friday, the president announced that Sudan has agreed to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to reach such a U.S.-brokered deal in the last few months, according to the Associated Press.
Although it’s a legitimate foreign policy achievement, Trump tried to use the occasion to get Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to trash his Democratic rival.
But Bibi didn’t take the bait, probably recognizing that insulting the possible future president wasn’t a very statesmanlike thing to do:
Trump: “Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi, Sleepy Joe? Do you think he would have made this deal? Somehow I don’t think so.”
Netanyahu: “Uh ... well ... Mr. President, one thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America.”
Trump: “Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi, Sleepy Joe?”
Israeli PM Netanyahu: "Uh ... well ... Mr. President, one thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America." pic.twitter.com/LU02tEOXtK
— The Recount (@therecount) October 23, 2020
Netanyahu’s unwillingness to go along with Trump’s attempted insult didn’t go unnoticed by Twitter users.
Imagine being so naive & bumbling you think an embattled Prime Minister, who is under indictment & barely clinging to his position, will join you in trashing the man who will likely become the next President of one of your staunchest allies https://t.co/ci4iMzCnmE
— Melissa Hillman (@bittergertrude) October 23, 2020
The president asking a foreign leader to weigh in on a US election.
(spare me the "he's joking" response...you know better) https://t.co/fEP7g3nmH0
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) October 23, 2020
Trump: At least Bibi hasn't jumped ship yet. Isn't it right, Bibi?
Bibi: <splash> https://t.co/vvbibamXE0
— Dimi Reider (@reider) October 23,...