Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was honored with a reception Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C., in which he gave brief remarks indicating that he is optimistic about the Trump administration’s ability to lead successful peace talks.
The remarks were delivered through the Palestinians’ new chief representative to the United States, Husam Zomlot.
Zomlot announced that his address was to a crowd that included members of Congress, but multiple sources inside the reception told the Washington Free Beacon they were unable to spot a single sitting lawmaker inside the Mandarin Oriental’s grand ballroom. The highest-ranking administration official was Kris Bauman, who was just put on Trump’s National Security Council to be the top adviser on the peace negotiations.
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