The warm welcome President Donald Trump received in Israel shows the nation's "closest ally is now being treated as our closest ally in the Middle East," presidential deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka said Monday.
"Look at the smiles," Gorka told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "It's so very different, how much different after eight years of Israel being shunned by the last administration. The smiles tell you everything."
Trump's trip has three objectives, said Gorka — to reassert American leaderships, reassert friendships "that were broken in the last eight years," and to redouble the commitment that "this isn't just about words."
"This isn't just about pieces of paper or nice dinners and nice locations," Gorka said. "It's about things like destroying ISIS, destroying al-Qaida."
Meanwhile, Trump does not need any advice when it comes to making a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, said Gorka.
"He is the master of the deal," he said. "He has said explicitly, he is not going to impose any deal upon the parties. They have to come together and we can help broker it. We can help midwife it."
He refused, however, to explain more about the strategy that will be used to bring that deal about.
"It's not a good plan if you are around the poker table," Gorka said. "Look at the people we have got in charge for the negotiations for the president. Jason Greenblatt — the most trusted individual in the legal field working for the trump for deck case. His son-in-law Jared [Kushner], that tells you everything we need to know. This is at the top of the agenda. Again, as you noted, this is no apology tour."
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