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Donald Trump this morning announced that he is postponing his upcoming trip to Israel and meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which was originally "semi-scheduled" for later this month.

The GOP presidential candidate joined “Fox and Friends” this morning to explain why, saying it was a “better alternative” for “lots of different reasons.”

Trump’s recent suggestion of banning Muslims from entering the U.S. had been rebuked by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who was being called on to cancel his meeting with the Republican frontrunner.

Asked whether this was related to today’s postponement, Trump called Netanyahu “a good man” for whom he once helped campaign.

“I didn’t want to put him under pressure, number one,” he said. “I also did it because I’m in the midst of a very powerful campaign that’s going very well, and it was not that easy to do.”

“I have a tremendous amount of support from the people of Israel,” Trump added.  

“All I’m doing is postponing it, and I think that was the better alternative.”

Watch the full interview above.

Tune in to Fox Business’ exclusive interview with Netanyahu’s former Chief of Staff, George Birnbaum, on Countdown to the Closing Bell at 3p ET today.


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