White House: Trump's slurred speech was caused by a dry throat

President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel threatens to kill the mid-east peace process the two-state solution and spark a new intifada

White House: Trump's slurred speech was caused by a dry throat

Christian vice-president Mike Pence, Sheldon Adelson, the hotel magnate and Zionist donor, and Jewish Republican legislators were among those who attended and ate kosher lamb chops, just as in past years, for White House Hanukkah parties.

"You have a rare privilege now to be the first president to spearhead the recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel".

Facing global isolation for recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the White House yesterday defended President Donald Trump's decision, asserting that it was a reflection of the ground realities and the United States was committed to the Middle East peace process. "We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond".

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"Well, I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room", he told the dozens of people in attendance Thursday night.

Trump's announcement on Wednesday that he will begin the process of moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was met with a diverse response from world leaders.

The announcement came after Trump slurred some words when delivering a keynote speech on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Some of the Trump administration's most vocal critics, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and California Representative Adam Schiff, are Jewish.

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Not present at the event were congressional Democrats and many Jewish leaders critical of the president, who were left off the invites, according to the New York Times.

During the celebration, Trump's Jewish grandchildren, the children of Ivanka Trump and her husband Kushner, lit a menorah.

The president hosted Dutch holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israëls, who spent her first years in Amsterdam hiding from the Nazis.

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Sanders said Trump was scheduled to have a routine medical exam "early next year" at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as most presidents have done historically.

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