PHOTOS: DONALD TRUMP, MELANIA, IVANKA AND JARED IN JERUSALEM, VISIT THE WAILING WALL TO PRAY

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Trump visits Jerusalem's Western Wall to pray

 

Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall – the holiest site where Jews can pray – and left a prayer note there in accordance with Jewish custom.

Located in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, the Western Wall is a section of one of four original retaining walls King Herod built in the first century B.C. to support the Temple Mount.

It is also the only remaining portion of the Second Jewish Temple, which stood in Jerusalem until the Romans destroyed it in 70 A.D. as they put down a Jewish revolt.

It has been U.S. policy for the last 50 years to not recognize East Jerusalem as part of Israel, making a visit to the wall a political minefield.

But Trump, clad in a navy suit, red striped tie and black kippah, strode into the Western Wall Prayer Plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday before placing his hand on the stone wall and praying for 30 seconds, slipping a note inside a crack between the stones.

Read more: Donald Trump becomes the first sitting American president to visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall as he joins Melania, his Jewish son-in-law Jared and Ivanka in praying at the holy site

 

Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest place of prayer

 

 

The White House has not yet said what the president or first lady wrote on the prayer notes they left at the Western Wall

 

 

Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter: 'It was deeply meaningful to visit the holiest site of my faith and to leave a note of prayer'

 

 

Jared Kushner (right) prayed alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old city

 

 

Trump heard a lesson about the site's significance from Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz (center right) and Mordechai Elias (center left), who leads the Western Wall Heritage Foundation

 

 

White House staff and officials prayed at the wall on the historic trip. The president will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday

From left to right: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn leave notes at the Western Wall 

White House staff

It has been U.S. policy for the last 50 years to not recognize East Jerusalem as part of Israel, making a visit to the wall a political minefield, but Trump took the risk

The White House said last week that Trump would go to the Western Wall without any Israeli politicians in tow. Netanyahu had asked to join the visit

The White House has been careful not to appear partisan in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Trump visits Jerusalem's Western Wall to pray

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