Trump: no plans for Israel trip “at the moment”

Ben Sales

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump speaking to supporters and the media at Trump Tower in Manhattan following his victory in the Indiana primary in New York, May 3, 2016. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump speaking to supporters and the media at Trump Tower in Manhattan following his victory in the Indiana primary in New York, May 3, 2016. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said a trip abroad would not be prudent “at the moment” because it would not sway voters.

Trump’s comments, made Sunday to the Wall Street Journal, come amid reports that the Republican Jewish Coalition is planning an Israel trip for the real estate mogul. Earlier this month, Trump said he would visit Israel “soon.”

But speaking to the Journal, Trump said he wants to concentrate his energy on issues in the United States as of now, though a future trip could still be possible.

“I don’t think it registers with the voters to be honest with you,” he told the Journal. “What I really want to do is focus on our country and the election, but I might. I’ve been invited by numerous countries to go.”

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The RJC trip is reportedly being planned at the behest of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a leading Republican donor who has pledged his support to Trump. Adelson has urged other Jewish Republican donors to back Trump, arguing that he will be more pro-Israel than likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump canceled a planned trip to Israel in December after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the candidate for pledging to stop allowing Muslims entry into the United States.

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