FRIEDMAN TURNS ON TRUMP: Trump Amb. to Israel Blasts Former President Over Meeting with Antisemites

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Many were shocked when news broke that former President Donald Trump was recently visited at Mar-a-Lago by antisemitic rapper Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes.

West tweeted a video about his dinner with Trump, in which he says that “Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes.”

He also tweeted a screenshot of group text messages between himself, Fuentes, Milo Yiannopoulos, and another individual whose name is blurred out.

In the screenshot, the person identified as Fuentes specifically says that he spoke to Trump, and the unidentified person blames former Trump aide and current GETTR CEO Jason Miller for leaking the story about the meeting with the former president.

West also said in the conversation that “I told Nick to tell the former president that Nick hated his speech.”

Trump responded to the story on Friday, writing on Truth Social: “This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.”

In a second post, Trump again confirmed the meeting, and added some details, insisting that nothing antisemitic was discussed.

The former president added another statement on motzei shabbos, saying that he was trying to help Kanye.

Many people are upset at Trump over the inexplicable meeting. Even David Friedman, his former ambassador to Israel, condemned Trump over it.

Many questions remain. Putting aside Fuentes, why would Trump meet even with just West, who has been spewing antisemitic statements left and right for weeks straight? Why was a white nationalist and Holocaust denier allowed entry into Mar-a-Lago? And why didn’t Trump at the very least use this opportunity to condemn and denounce Kanye, Fuentes, or both?

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  1. To be fair it seems Trump wasn’t too excited about the visit and wasn’t hiding it in the posts. It’s one of his tactics to stay neutral with as many people as he can in order to not lose any votes especially this time around where he has very little advantage. That said, he probably should have refused the meeting, but again, he’s not Jewish so he doesn’t get offended by anti Jewish statements or actions (yes regardless of his Jewish close family), and again, he is afraid to lose votes.

    Friedman didn’t turn on him “Drama YWN”, he simply disagrees with him. He has shown disagreement in the past as well and even in office if you’ve read his book. Being on good terms with someone doesn’t mean you can never disagree with them.

    Again all these Jew haters do not lose a threat to non Jews. So why should they condemn them or fight them for the Jews? Nobody cares about Jews whether they are happy or sad, the Jews are a lone nation dissociated with the world.

  2. “He expressed no anti-Semitism”

    No kidding! Two goyim meet for dinner and express no anti-Semitism, must be they LOVE Jews!

    The guy has become famous for spewing anti-Semitism in the last few weeks, and “oblivious” Trump knows nothing about it. Won’t even think to condemn it…

    @Rightwriter – “so why should they condemn”
    L’poel, everyone did condemn him. Everyone but Trump.

  3. There is no excuse for hosting Jew-haters at your home. And spare us the “I didn’t know who he was” malarkey.

    The winds of antisemitism are gusting from both the far-left and the far-right. Trump hosts a Holocaust denier at Mar-a-Lago, and Hakeem Jeffries, who has imbibed the antisemitic conspiracy theories of his uncle Leonard Jeffries his entire life, may now become the Democrat minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. JEW-HATRED IS BEING MAINSTREAMED ON ALL SIDES.

    In these times when antisemites are becoming ever more brazen, I fear for the safety of the American Jewish community. And now that a former president has broken bread with them, they will only be emboldened. Are we in store for another Pittsburgh חס וחלילה?

    The verse from Tehillim states אַל תִּבְטְחוּ בִנְדִיבִים – “Trust not in princes”. Politicians are not our friends. They merely do and say what they must in order to get elected. Now, it is the far-right who are standing by Trump’s side and so it is their affections he courts.

    Just you wait. When it becomes inconvenient for both the Democrats and Republicans to stand by the Jewish community, they will drop us like a hot potato.

    Having said all that, I still love this country very much and pray that extremism does not win out.

  4. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”
    — Donald Trump

    Donald Trump can meet and huddle with anti-Semites, but won’t lose any orthodox Jewish support. He can even endorse Hitler and recommend genocide against Jews, but commenters on this site will defend him. This is what a cultist personality can do.

  5. From Wikipedia:

    The Jeremiah Wright controversy gained national attention in the United States, in March 2008 after ABC News investigated the sermons of Jeremiah Wright who was, at that time, the pastor of then U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.[1] Excerpted parts of the sermons were found to pertain to terrorist attacks on the United States and government dishonesty and were subject to intense media scrutiny.[2][3] Wright is a retired senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former pastor of Obama.[4]

  6. So now the spin seems to be that there are “good anti-semites” and “bad anti-semites” and its OK to dine with the good guys (defined as anti-semites who also support Trump). Kol hakovod to David Freedman for speaking out clearly and unequivocally (as compared to those wealthy yidden in the RJC who stood cheering wildly last week when Trump was introduced at their meeting in Las Vegas).

  7. Another rabid anti-Trump article doesn’t make Trump an anti-Semite, no matter how badly YWN wants it to be so. But I would warn YWN that their forum is in the public square, and could definitely create anti-Semites out of those who are not so, via their polarizing and alienating articles. Besides, there have been far more chashuv people in our history meeting with far worse individuals than “Ye,” and that was not indicative of their anti-Semitism. YWN editors foolishly forget (or ignore) Chazal’s warning about speaking ill of those in high political power – even in private.

  8. I’m curious, Curiosity, would you be saying the same thing if Biden had had a similar dinner?
    Seems like the shock of having supported trump is setting in.

  9. What will all the frum Trump lovers do when they realize these’s nothing left for them to justify? Think of the sense of loss these good Yidden will feel without a Trump personality to fire up their imaginations of a truly fearless leader fighting the good fight? Who will drain the swamp? We might need the help of Chai Lifeline to help people cope with the loss of so much hope invested in one man. It was sad to watch such a talented person like Trump ruin himself of the last few years. We can all learn a lesson from this saga.

  10. Chazal say Hakol kol Yaakov, when one rises the other falls. They exist on a see-saw. If we see anti Semitism on a major rise and we see the hatred of Yishmael growing, that means the koach of Yishmael and Esav- father in law and son in law- the 2 nemeses of this gallus- rising……..that means our koach of Torah and our Koach of Tfilah is not doing enough. We need to be mechazaik the kolos of Torah and Tfillah. We need to intensify our concentration by davening and also to have a talk with Hashem…. stop rushing just to be finished….. we need to increase yegias HaTorah…….. we may have done nicely with time spent learning-and numbers of people learnng, but yegia is what ohel yaakov is all about. Learn, work to understand, take apart a sugya at some level, not just passive listening.

  11. rt – I don’t think Biden is an anti-Semite. Trump is bad with “optics” and great at being his own worst enemy. He’s done more for Israel than other presidents and deserves hakaras hatov for that, even if you’re a Jewish Democrat. Obama did have similar “get togethers” with Farrakhan, Sharpton, etc., and I do very much think he’s anti-Israel, but not convinced he’s an anti-Semite.

  12. The websites are trying to flood your brain with negative trump stories only don’t buy it they than will start pounding positive desantis stories only, so that you dump trump.

    Do not buy this stuff you must see the forest from the trees and focus on the great don’s accomplishments and policies

  13. UJM: Agreed. Most of us have known for years that Trump’s alleged “friend of Israel” was 100% transactional and phony. He will do whatever it takes to sustain power and feed his ego. Yidden are helpful until they are not and apparently aside from Jewish money from Republican sycophants, we are no longer helpful.

  14. Who’s on First? What’s on second.
    Bottom line.
    No sugar coating.
    Ye, Kanye
    What you see – is what you get!
    A low down scum of the earth!!!
    The IQ of a worm!!
    He will self destruct.

  15. we are not safe.

    hashem is sending us a message we’ve become too comfortable here in galus
    only hashem can protect us NO HUMAN can do that may hashem protect us we need to pray

  16. These public figures are all actors. Their personas and their supposed activities in their supposed personal lives are all scripted. They run some as controlled opposition. Since a lot of the public apparently hates Jews, they needed to have some public figures come out publicly anti-Jewishly. If anything, they’re probably planning some dragnet for the followers. Expressing your outrage about a scripted news cycle is such a horrible waste of your time. You really ought to feel shame for having wasted your time in this way. Seriously, you should get rid of your computer or smart phone right now out of shame. Have you completed shas yet? Or midrash rabba? I have. It was worth it. You have my pity.

  17. Okay , so let all Trump haters jump at the opportunity to further strangle the man who is already being attacked so unjustly from every end. Trump never should have dined with West and Fuentes. Who know what a goyishe kup rationalizes for his own temporary self interest. However, anyone who now surmises that Trump, the best President to the Jews and Israel has suddenly turned into an anti Semite is deliberately lying. Let’s call a spade a spade. There is only one man in the running for President who could save this Country from the Deep State poison which is made up of Dems & Republicans, and that is Donald Trump. The rest, including De Santis who unlike Trump needs the special interests & will be unable to fight the scum, because De Santis needs the turncoats like McCONNEL , Ryan, Bush, etc to get him elected him The Deep State can’t control Trump & they fear him and it is for that very reason he is the man needed to take over the Presidency . To pull Jewish voters away from Trump will embolden the Deep State & ultimately move America forward into the hands of global progressivism thus likely transform America into a land that will end Jewery’s mostly peaceful stay in America. With Hashem’s help & our support, Trump can get America back on its feet and DeSantis can take over. None, us know what is meant, but we surely shouldn’t destroy the hand through whom America could yield return & survival. Hashem has shown us that he has brought Yeshuas through imperfect people. Didn’t Achashverosh dine with the rabid Haman. Yet the Yeshua was brought through Achashverosh. Yes, we don’t have to worship Trump or believe he is the Shomer or umatzil . What we can do is support his patriot efforts to save our Country from the band of Marxist elitist oligarchs who certainly don’t have the benefit of Jewish people in mind. So, the political hysteria needs to stop especially by those who have alternate or more self serving reasons to down Trump & want to wrestle the people away from voting for Trump who mayvery well be a Shaliach, albeit an imperfect one , but surely not an anti Semite

  18. I enjoy Trump and always will, I don’t enjoy most liberal Jews from Europe or the americas….their mouths are filled with crap…remain there with your ugly voices while we enjoy the luxury of G-d in Israel…..Americans make me ill period…..not being one I must admit it is a folly of enjoyment……America is the New Germany,…Biden is the new Adolph

  19. coffe addict, what is sinas chinum with that comment? Liberal Jews, as all liberals, are pro anti-morality which every frum Jew should be against.