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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, 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.

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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 and follow her on Twitter at @thesimplechild.

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