Trump receives warm welcome in the Holy Land

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu showed Trump the Western Wall, one of Jerusalem's most sacred sites.
3:20 | 05/23/17

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comes as president trump makes his first foreign trip to holy la. Today, he visited the western wall, the first sitting president to do so. He also motioned to reporters right here and had something to say to them about his meetings with the Russians and the classified intelligence he allegedly shared with them. ABC's Jonathan Karl traveling with the president. Reporter: Donald Trump couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome in the holy land. Coming off air force one to an elaborate red carpet ceremony, and a greeting from the prime minister and his wife, who remarked that the Netanyahus and the trumps have something in common. The majority of the people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us so we tell them how you are great and they love you. Reporter: Trump then became the first sitting American president to visit one of Jerusalem's most sacred sites, placing his hand on the western wall and following jewish tradition, leaving a written prayer. With him, his wife Melania and daughter ivanka. White house hopes this trip will turn the page from the Russia investigation back home, but today it was the president himself who spoke about the controversy. As an event with Netanyahu was wrapping up, trump told reporters to stay. He had something to say about that infamous oval office meeting with Russian officials, about those reports that he passed on highly classified intelligence given to the united States by the Israelis. Folks, folks, folks, folks, folks. Just so you understand, just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel, never mentioned it during that conversation, they were all saying I did, so you had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel. Intelligence cooperation is terrific and it's never been better. Reporter: But nobody has ever reported that trump told the Russians that Israel was the source of the information. Still, today, he seemed to confirm it himself. The president's ambitious first journey abroad, started with an even more lavish welcome in Saudi Arabia. Trump did not say the words radical islamic terrorism. This is a battle between good and evil. Reporter: The president hopes he can take steps tower closing what he called the ultimate deal. Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It's not easy. I have heard it's one of the toughest deals of all. But I have a feeling that we're going to get there eventually. I hope. Jon Karl with us from Jerusalem. Jon, we heard the president there saying achieving mideast peace is one of the toughest deals. In the middle of all this, he was willing to go there on sharing classified information with the Russians. Trust me, David that wasn't part of the plan. In fact the white house believes there's a unique opportunity right now to get the peace process going. Because Israel and its Arab neighbors now have a common enemy in Iran, now believe there's more support for middle East peace and more support for Israel in that proamong its Arab neighbors.

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