President Donald Trump and Melania Trump landed in Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday as the second leg on their first whirlwind trip overseas. As the First Couple stepped off of Air Force One and onto the red carpet they were greeted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in a reception that paled in comparison to the pomp and circumstance that the Trumps received two days earlier in Saudi Arabia.
The welcome seemed warm between both couples who have built on their friendship recently, with Sara going as far as to offer her fellow First Lady a bit of advice about ignoring the biased media. The plans for the trip to Israel weren’t made immediately clear, however, meetings were expected. When Melania suddenly took off to an area hospital from the tarmac, it came as quite a surprise and now we know why.
Mrs. Trump was escorted to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Organization before making it to any official meetings at her husband’s side, not long after landing at just after 12 p.m. local time. There was little to no coverage of this sudden hospital trip until now, hours after she arrived there.
ABC News reports:
“U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Monday visited a leading Israeli hospital that is also known as a center of coexistence between Arabs and Jews.”
“Mrs. Trump was in Jerusalem with President Donald Trump, who is on a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.”
“The first lady visited Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Organization as a guest of Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The women met with a group of young Jewish and Arab patients, some in hospital pajamas, who sat around a table and presented their guests with pictures they had drawn. Children milled about with one swinging on an adjacent swing, as the two woman exchanged pleasantries with the children.”