Summary

Donald Trump was born in 1946 and is the 45th and current President of the United States.

Born and raised in New York City, President Trump took charge of his family’s real estate business, rebranding it and expanding its operations. He managed the company until his inauguration as U.S. President in 2017. He has also authored several books and owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants.

President Trump defeated sixteen opponents in the Republican primary and later on won the general election against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He was the first person to assume the presidency without prior military or government service.

Below is President Trump’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community. 

On August 20, President Trump said in the Oval Office: “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” On August 21, he reiterated his statement saying “in my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.” 

The argument that that Jews must be loyal to Israel is widely considered to be an anti-Semitic stereotype, one that says American Jews have a higher allegiance to a country other than the U.S. 

On August 16, 2019 President Trump tweeted that “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

President Trump was against the Iran nuclear deal and in May 2018 he declared that the United States was withdrawing from it.

President Trump opposed the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.

In December 2017, a proclamation from President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and started the process of relocating the U.S. embassy there.

After passing Congress, President Trump signed into law the Taylor Force Act, which stated that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families.

In March 2019, President Trump signed a proclamation that recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. 

In June 2019, President Trump’s administration unveiled the economic component “Peace to Prosperity” of its peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The political component is expected in a later date. 

In November 2019, the Trump administration declared that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with international law”, reversing a long-held State Department policy that considered Israeli settlement activity as a violation of international law. 

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