Fresh off a third consecutive win in the Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t read the Bible before negotiating the Iran nuclear deal.
“(Secretary John) Kerry – this is the worst negotiator I think I’ve ever seen,” Trump said during a presidential candidate forum at Regent University in Virginia. “Obviously, Kerry did not read ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Probably didn’t read the Bible, either.”
The Republican presidential frontrunner said he had concluded that Obama “was the worst thing that has ever happened to Israel,” by witnessing what “Bibi Netanyahu” went through during the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. “You could just see the level of exasperation on that man’s face. They were so against this Iran deal,” said Trump.
“This will be studied, and studied for a long time, and this will prove to be a very bad deal,” he added.
Trump also sought to calm fears about his policy on Israel following recent comments, in which he suggested that he would take a ‘neutral’ approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Will you emphatically stand with Israel?” CBN News’ David Brody asked Trump.
“Yes. A very simple answer: Yes,” Trump replied. “They have been our most reliable ally, especially in the Middle East. I am with Israel one hundred percent.”
During the Q-and-A session, Trump compared a business deal over zoning in New York City to that of brokering a peace settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians as he boasted about his political experience. “When you can get zoning on the West Side of Manhattan to build almost 6,000 units of housing and you have to go through New York City politics, believe me, that’s tough,” he said. “I don’t see that as tough of a deal like the ‘Israel-Palestine’ [peace deal]. I view that as the single toughest deal. We’re going to give it a shot.”