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May 22, 2017 11:10 am

Shortly After Arrival in Israel, Trump Makes History, Becoming First Sitting US President to Visit Western Wall in Jerusalem

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US President Donald Trump places a prayer note in the Western Wall on Monday. Photo: Screenshot.

Within hours of arriving in Israel on Monday, Donald Trump made history by becoming the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Donning a black kippah, the president stood solemnly in front of the wall for a few moments and placed a prayer note inside one of the ancient facade’s cracks.

Trump arrived at the Western Wall after earlier touring the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He was greeted by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch and Western Wall Heritage Foundation director Mordechai Eliav. No Israeli politicians were present.

Eliav provided the president with a brief historical overview of the site.

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Trump was joined during his Western Wall stop by his wife Melania, as well as his Jewish daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Before leaving the premises, Trump signed the Western Wall guest book.

Watch a video of Trump’s Western Wall visit below:

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