Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday passed up an opportunity to knock Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, seemingly deflating President Donald Trump in the presence of reporters in the Oval Office. Addressing his foreign counterpart, who was on speakerphone, Trump asked Netanyahu: “Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi? Sleepy Joe? I think — do you think he would have made this deal somehow? I don’t think so.”
Netanyahu hesitated before offering a halting answer: “Well, Mr. President, one thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America. And we appreciate what you’ve done enormously.” The smile on the president’s face faded as he listened to the prime minister’s response. “Yeah,” Trump interjected, gesturing toward a member of the White House press corps to ask a question.
Trump tried to goad Netanyahu into echoing his crude attacks on Joe Biden — but Bibi wouldn’t do it. He’s probably looking at the same polls we are. pic.twitter.com/m66xWoekWb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 23, 2020
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) October 23, 2020
President Trump: Do you think Joe Biden could have made this deal [between Israel and Sudan], Bibi?
Israeli PM Netanyahu: “Well, Mr. President, one thing I can tell you is that we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America. And we appreciate what you’ve done.” pic.twitter.com/FiLwqkv1oE
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 23, 2020