Trump Cancels Trip to Israel
Says he'll go when he's president
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2015 5:23 AM CST
Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 9.   (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

(Newser) – Donald Trump won't be going to Israel after all. The candidate announced Thursday morning that he's canceling a high-profile trip that had been scheduled for later this month, reports the BBC. Trump didn't provide an explanation, tweeting that he's merely postponing the trip until "after I become President of the U.S." He was supposed to meet Benjamin Netanyahu, though the Israeli leader on Wednesday distanced himself from Trump's proposal to ban all Muslims from traveling to the US, reports the Independent.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump's recent remarks about Muslims," said a statement from the prime minister's office. "The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens." One odd silver lining for Trump: He won't have to face Netanyahu's dog. Kaia bit two Likud officials who visited Netanyahu's Jerusalem residence on Wednesday, notes the Times of Israel. (Meanwhile, a petition to bar Trump from visiting the UK is gaining steam.)