Trump Deletes Tweet Saying It Was 'An Honor' to Meet With Abbas

The tweet, posted on the president's personal account shortly after the White House meeting, was deleted after it has been shared by thousands

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The original Trump tweet on Abbas's visit on May 3, 2017, and was deleted a day later.
The original Trump tweet on Abbas's visit on May 3, 2017, and was deleted a day later.Credit: Screen grab

A tweet posted on U.S. President Donald Trump's personal account on Wednesday saying it was "an honor" to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was removed a day later.

The tweet, posted shortly after the two leaders met at the White House, said Trump was hoping to get "something terrific" agreed between Israel and the Palestinians.

The tweet disappeared on Wednesday after it was retweeted thousands of times. Links to it were broken, and there was no sign of it on his timeline.

The deleted tweet included a two-minute video compilation from Trump and Abbas' meeting on Wednesday, including a positive statement about the peace process made by the president and his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. It also included a warm handshake between the two leaders.

The tweet was posted as Abbas was meeting with Tillerson at the hotel where the Palestinian delegation is staying in downtown Washington. Trump has made it a habit to tweet after meeting foreign leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and Jordan's King Abdullah II.

It's unclear why Trump deleted the tweet. A similar post on Trump's Facebook page has not been removed.

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