Trump commented on the issue during his surprise visit to the Ayn al-Asad Airbase in Iraq while defending his decision to pull troops out of Syria, where they had been leading a coalition fighting the Daesh* terrorist group, the Times of Israel reported.
“Well, I don’t see it. I spoke with Bibi,” he said, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I told Bibi. And, you know, we give Israel $4.5 billion a year. And they’re doing very well defending themselves, if you take a look.”
“We’re going to take good care of Israel. Israel is going to be good. But we give Israel $4.5 billion a year. And we give them, frankly, a lot more money than that, if you look at the books — a lot more money than that. And they’ve been doing a very good job for themselves,” he added, not specifying the origin of the $4.5 billion figure.
The US president also referred to his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as evidence of his commitment to Israel, noting that “nobody was willing to do that” although previous presidents “all said they will do it”.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries