Trump: Obama Was 'Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Israel'

In the final hours on the campaign trail, the Republican nominee attacks the outgoing president.

Donald Trump arrives for a rally in Sarasota, Florida, November 7, 2016.
Donald Trump arrives for a rally in Sarasota, Florida, November 7, 2016. Mandel Ngan, AFP

Less than 24 hours before the polls open on Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a last shot at outgoing President Barack Obama. Speaking at a rally in Sarasota, Florida, Trump said that Obama was "the worst thing that ever happened to Israel."

This is not the first time the New York businessman has made this claim. He uttered the same phrase while addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition presidential forum last December, adding, "you know I’m the best thing that could ever happen to Israel."

The December appearance was met with criticism for invoking Jewish stereotypes. Appealing to the audience, Trump said: "This room negotiates deals. Perhaps more than any room I’ve ever spoken to... I'm a negotiator, like you folks."

Trump's last presidential campaign ad, released on Sunday, quickly inspired claims of anti-Semitic overtones. The video assails what the presidential candidate calls the Washington establishment's ties with "global special interests," using exclusively Jewish figures from the financial world to illustrate his point.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israeli-U.S. ties would remain strong no matter which candidate will be elected president on Tuesday.