Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
News

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 [email protected] or on Twitter @thesimplechild

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.