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Trump: The Palestinians Will ‘100% Come To The Table’ For Middle East Peace



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President Donald Trump will welcome delegations from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain to the White House Tuesday to sign a historic peace accord. It’s just the beginning to peace in the Middle East, Trump told Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, revealing that other countries are in talks with his administration to sign similar deals and he expects even the Palestinians and Iran to join in.

The Palestinian leadership has expressed condemnation and Palestinian Authority prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called the signing of the Abraham accords Tuesday “a dark day in the history of the Arab nation and of the Arab League.” The Palestinians said they will also boycott the Dubai world fair next year.

The Arab League, which infamously said ‘no’ to peace with Israel with the 1967 Khartoum Resolution, has now two member countries making peace with Israel. That support, however, has led the Palestinian leadership to ‘reconsider’ its relationship with the Arab League.

Still, President Trump says the Palestinians are quietly cozying up to a similar peace deal and are changing their tune with the United States after U.S. aid was scaled back. That has been central to the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda to ensure that the U.S. is spending money wisely and that other countries are paying their fair share.

“The Palestinians are very difficult to deal with and we paid them a tremendous amount of money for many decades,” Trump told Fox & Friends Tuesday. “We paid them money, It was almost like hostage money, It was bribe money and it was foolish, and I took it away. A year and a half ago, I said, why are we paying when they say terrible things about us, ‘death to America,’ all of these things they said and we’re gonna pay them $750,000,000, yeah, it’s a lot of money.

He added, “We pay them all this money and they speak badly about us. I said I’m gonna end the money, let them know we’re not gonna pay it anymore. We didn’t pay it anymore. But, other countries were paying, other very rich countries would pay, but we don’t pay it anymore.”

As more and more countries signal they will sign onto deals similar to Tuesday’s accord, Trumps says, the Palestinians will certainly come to the negotiating table, adding that Iran may too.

Like the Palestinian leadership, Iran has condemned the Abraham accords. But the Gulf countries, including the UAE and Bahrain, said Iran must not interfere with any talks with Israel.

“When we start getting the rest of the countries in, they will come to the table 100%,” Trump said. “They’re actually getting to a point where they’re gonna want to make a deal. They won’t say that outwardly, they want to make a deal, ok. And I’ll tell you who else wants to make a deal, Iran wants to make a deal… They’re hoping that Biden gets in…”

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims



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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

RELATED: Cuomo responds to sexual harassment claims, saying he ‘may have been insensitive’

During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

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Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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