The Washington Post reports that Abdullah II thought he was having ‘a heart attack’ when Trump offered Jordan control of the Israeli-occupied territory
Former U.S. President Donald Trump offered Jordan’s King Abdullah II control over the West Bank, a new book set to be published next week claims.
According to the Washington Post, the book – “The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017-2021” by New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker and the New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser – claims the Republican President offered the Israeli-occupied territory to Jordan.
Trump offered what he called “a great deal,” though King Abdullah later recalled the offer when speaking to an American friend that he “thought [he] was having a heart attack. I couldn’t breathe, I was bent doubled-over.” Although some 3 million Palestinians live in Jordan, they have not always lived peaceably in the monarchy, with the friction even culminating in armed conflict in the 1970s.
Last month, a separate excerpt released from the book detailed a meeting that took place in Jerusalem in late 2020, where U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “back off” Trump and stop calling for the former U.S. president to attack Iran.