Trump’s Former Israel Ambassador Blasts Visit

Prominent Jewish leaders have joined others in criticizing former President Trump having hosted a dinner at his Florida estate that included rapper Ye and white nationalist Nick Fuentes, each accused of antisemitism for comments they made about Jewish people.
Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the media while departing a polling station after voting in the US midterm elections at Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 8, 2022. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Trump has said on social media that Ye, formerly known as Kayne West displayed “no anti-Semitism’ at the event and that he “didn’t know” Fuentes.
  • “To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this,” David Friedman, who served as Trump’s U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2017-2021, tweeted Friday. “Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable.”
  • Friedman also said: “I condemned Barak Obama associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright,” Friedman added. “This is no different. Antisemites deserve no quarter among American leaders, right or left.”

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