Dem rep: State Department video ‘edited out’ Israel

Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDem House chairs: Mueller report 'does not exonerate the president' Live coverage: Frenzy in DC as Congress, White House brace for Mueller report House Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report 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 TillersonJuan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Graham jokes to Pompeo: You're the 'longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?' Trump moves to install loyalists 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 John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers 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.