Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelLawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell NYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday criticized the State Department for a video posted by the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia that “edited out” mentions of Israel.
“I am appalled that the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia disingenuously posted this incomplete and misleading video,” Engel said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe West must deter aggression from tyrants better than it did last century Hillicon Valley — Blinken unveils new cyber bureau at State Blinken formally announces new State Department cyber bureau MORE.
“This video plays into a rejectionist narrative and thus has no place in any social media — or any other form of communication — associated with the United States government,” Engel added.
The video edited references to Israel out of footage about President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll We must do more to protect American Jews 6 in 10 say they would back someone other than Biden in 2024: Fox News poll MORE's upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican City, according to Engel.
“I urge you to immediately instruct the embassy to replace the video with the unedited version that includes the announcement of the President’s planned visit to Israel. We must continue to be true to our values and interests.”
Trump announced last week that he will visit the three countries during his first foreign trip as president later this month.
Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Monday cited a State video that includes Trump discussing all three stops.
“Tolerance is the cornerstone of peace,” Trump says in the clip. “And that is why I am proud to make a major and historic announcement this morning.”
“[It’s] to share with you that my first foreign trip as president of the United States will be to Saudi Arabia, then Israel and then to a place that my cardinals love very much — Rome.”
Engel then noted how the version posted on the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh’s website and its Arabic-language Twitter account make no mention of Israel. The video and tweet have both been deleted.
Trump has said his decision to visit the religious centers of three major faiths is meant to rally allies against shared security concerns in the Middle East.