Donald Trump

Trump Advisor: Republican Presidential Nominee Will Not Hold a Grudge Against AIPAC

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will not hold a grudge against AIPAC after the pro-Israel lobby apologized to President Barack Obama after Trump’s speech during its annual conference in March.

In a joint interview to the Jewish Link and JNS.org, Greenblatt criticized AIPAC for its decision, but when asked directly by an interviewer if Trump would hold a grudge, said no, not on such an important issue as Israel.

A Forward article wrongly deduced from the interview that Greenblatt had subtly threatened AIPAC by invoking the possibility of a grudge. Greenblatt called the Forward and explained that an interviewer has asked him the question, and he had answered it.

AIPAC apologized to Obama for Trump’s comments — adding a “Yay!” after saying that it would be his last year in office — and the audience cheers and applause that followed his presentation.

“It was wrong of AIPAC to do that,” Greenblatt said. “I would not have made that decision if I were them.”

AIPAC representative Marshall Wittmann declined to comment on Greenblatt’s statements.

Contact Helen Chernikoff at chernikoff@forward.com or on Twitter @thesimplechild

Author

Helen Chernikoff

Helen Chernikoff

Helen Chernikoff is the Forward’s News Editor. She came to the Forward from The Jewish Week, where she served as the first web director and created both a blog dedicated to disability issues and a food and wine website. Before that, she covered the housing, lodging and logistics industries for Reuters, where she could sit at her desk and watch her stories move the stock market. Helen has a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University and a BA in History and French from Amherst College. She is also a rabbinical school dropout. Contact her at chernikoff@forward.com and follow her on Twitter at @thesimplechild.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Trump Advisor: Republican Presidential Nominee Will Not Hold a Grudge Against AIPAC

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close