Donald Trump's wife Melania rejects his affectionate advance

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's top budget official, said for the first time the budget looks at spending from the point of view of the taxpayers, rather than the people who get government help.

Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday he is not optimistic that a major peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is near, despite recent comments made by President Donald Trump.

"I won't call them monsters because they'd like that term". They would think that was a great name.

'We would like to reassert our willingness to continue to work with you as partners in fighting terrorism in our region and in the world, ' the Palestinian president added. "We stand in absolute solidarity with people of the United Kingdom". "I will call them, from now on, losers, because that's what they are, they're losers".

He offered even more evidence to back up his optimism on Monday, signaling that his visit to Saudi Arabia brought him confidence that Arab leaders would begin to throw more weight toward reaching a peace deal to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, pointing in particular to growing unity in the face of Iranian actions in the region.

A couple of days ago, a similar incident happened in Israel when walking down the red carpet at Israel's Ben Gurion airport with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, the President had tried to hold Melania's hand, only to be swatted away in full view of cameras.

Abbas is an unpopular leader, according to polls, and the Palestinian political landscape is split between his Fatah party and Hamas, the Islamist movement that is in control in the Gaza Strip and opposes negotiations with Israel.

At a joint appearance with Donald Trump, Netanyahu clobbered Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for the payments that are at odds with the principles he outlined earlier in the day at his own meeting with the USA president.

President Donald Trump solemnly paid tribute Tuesday to the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust, calling on the world to never forget "history's darkest hour".

Palestinians also observed a general strike on Monday.

Clashes broke out near a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah involving several hundred stone-throwing youths and Israeli soldiers who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas, leaving at least one wounded.

He also failed to address the issue of relocating America's embassy to Jerusalem, a major electoral campaign promise.

President Trump stressed the deep and longstanding ties between the USA and Israel during a speech in Jerusalem Tuesday morning.

Trump did not visit the Noble Sanctuary, the Muslim site that houses the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is just steps from the Western Wall.

Haaretz, longest-running Israeli daily which is known for its left-wing and liberal stances published scathing analysis of Trump's visit.

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since April 2014.

It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community and claims the entire city as its capital.

  • Leroy Wright