White House: Vice President Mike Pence still plans to meet PLO Terrorist Mahmoud Abbas
The White House warned Thursday that canceling a planned meeting between [PLO] chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Vice President Mike Pence in the wake of the U.S. policy shift on Jerusalem would be “counterproductive.”
The comments came hours after the PLO announced that Pence would not be welcomed during his visit to the region later this month.
A senior PA official announced that representatives of the Trump administration, including the vice president, would not be welcomed, due to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that the U.S. recognizes [West] Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
A White House aide said later on Thursday, according to AFP, that Pence “still plans to meet with Abbas as scheduled” and “believes it would be counterproductive for him to pull out of the meeting.”