move like this that would even give the appearance of support to the incumbent pri
me minister is — it will be viewed by some as problematic,” said Jonathan Schanzer, an expert at the Fo
undation for Defense of Democracies who has previously called for the US to recognize the Golan Heights.
But Schanzer pointed out that past US presidents have also sought to sway Israeli electi
ons. President Bill Clinton, for example, invited Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres to the White Ho
use to sign an anti-terror pact at the White House just under a month before Peres faced reelection.
Trump, though — who enjoys sky-high popularity in Israel — will welcome Netanyahu to the White House for meetings
and a dinner over two days just two weeks before Israeli elections. And he is handing Netanyahu an achievement sought by successive Israeli adm
inistrations.Trump has sought to leave his imprint on the politics of another close US ally, the United Kingdom.
After openly advocating for the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union as a presidential candidate, Trump as president has done little
to disguise his views of UK’s May and her handling of the matter, which has drawn scorn from all sides in the United Kingdom.
Hours before he met May at her Chequers estate outside London in July, the Sun newspaper published an interview with Trump in which he underc
ut his counterpart and suggested one of her political rivals, former London mayor Boris Johnson, might perform the job better.