Trump emphasizes US relationship with Israel after election doesn't favor Netanyahu

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE on Wednesday emphasized the United States's relationship with Israel as partial election results from the country show that Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE, a close Trump ally, may not win the race.

"Our relationship is with Israel, we'll see what happens," Trump told reporters after he was asked about the election.  

Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party was projected to win 31 of 120 parliamentary seats while the center-left Blue and White Party was projected to win 32 seats, The Associated Press reported Wednesday, citing results from 63 percent of eligible voters. The country's voter turnout was 69.4 percent.

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The results so far showed Likud and its allies holding a total of 55 seats while Blue and White and its allies held a total of 56 seats. 

The secular nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party is expected to be important in forming a coalition government and is projected to win nine seats. Its leader, Avigdor Lieberman, said he would support a "broad" and "liberal" unity government that includes both Likud and the Blue and White party. 

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has said he would not work with Likud if the party continued to be led by Netanyahu. Another politician could make a bid to replace him as its leader. 

Trump has maintained a close relationship with Netanyahu, which included moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.