Monday, May 15, 2017

Is Trump Going to Double-Cross Sheldon Adelson?

Pro-Israel multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson contributed $5 million to President Trump’s inauguration. His newspaper, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, endorsed Trump during the presidential campaign.

It was the only major newspaper endorsement Trump received.

Adelson is known as a one issue political donor/supporter. For Adelson, it is all about Israel.

During his presidential campaign, Trump told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at its conference that the U.S. "will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem."

Trump and Adelson also had private conversations during the campaign. Adelson most certainly brought the topic up during those discussions of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem.

There is no doubt, Adelson is expecting this to happen under Trump---or was until Sunday morning.

Now Adelson is reportedly furious.

He is reportedly very unhappy at comments Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made about the U.S. embassy in Israel.

Sources tell Axios that Adelson exploded when he heard the comments Tillerson made on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Tillerson said Trump is being “very careful” in weighing his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

"As you know, the president has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we cannot advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine," he said.
"And so I think in large measure the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process."

Is Tump seriously considering double-crossing Adelson?

Hell hath no fury like a one-issue multi-billionaire double-crossed by a politician.

This is going to get interesting. Quite the position Trump is in. Does he want to get the entire Muslim world infuriated at him or Adelson?

We will know so enough.

Trump is expected to be in Israel on May 22.  Jared and Ivanka are expected to accompany him on the visit.



  1. I imagine there is a religious angle to this that I don't get. Why it makes any difference whether government bureaucrats in a substantial five story building shuffle papers in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?

    Why Muslims should care is also a puzzle to me. The US government is bombing several Muslim countries. The US moving an embassy is going to make them more angry than actions that kill innocent people. I don't get it.

  2. Don't worry - He'll stand fast until he talks to the first Israeli.