Top Republican Party donor Sheldon Adelson said on Friday he met presidential candidate Donald Trump earlier this week and that the two American billionaires broached the issue at the heart of Adelson's political agenda: support for Israel.Oh yeah, the big tough guy Trump is a afraid to take on an 82-year old man on a scooter, who, influenced by his wife, has allegiances that are not in line with America first.
While the mega donor didn't disclose his degree of backing for the front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination, he did say he found Trump to be "very charming" and called his standing in the crowded candidate field "unheard of."
"It was very nice," the gambling tycoon told Reuters in a rare interview in Macau when asked if he had met Trump, who leads in opinion polls of Republican voters. "He was very charming."
Hours later, Trump returned the compliment to Adelson, telling Reuters, "Sheldon and I have been friends for a long time. He is an amazing man. I am the only one who doesn't need his money. But I would love his support."
On the subject of Israel, Trump added, "Sheldon knows that nobody will be more loyal to Israel than Donald Trump."...
Adelson said much of his discussion with Trump was about Israel.
"He (Trump) had talked about potentially dividing Jerusalem and Israel, so I talked about Israel because with our newspaper, my wife being Israeli, we are the few who know more about Israel than people who don't," Adelson said...
"We like a lot of the candidates, some more than the others," Adelson said during the interview in Macau, the world's largest gambling hub, ahead of the formal opening of his new St. Regis hotel in the former Portuguese colony,
"It's changing every day. I saw in the news today that Trump said his percentage approval was 41 percent. Out of 14 candidates, 41 percent is unheard of."
Asked what characteristics he would like the Republican party's nominee to embody, Adelson said, "They have got to be able to win."
The US should play no role in the Middle East, pro or con any of the actors in the area. If Adelson wants to go to Israel and protect the Israeli wall while he is on his scooter then he should do so.