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Trump to host Israel's Netanyahu at the White House next week

Key Points
  • U.S. President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House next Monday and Tuesday.
  • The announcement came shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Tel Aviv and planned to deliver remarks alongside Netanyahu.
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) sits with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House next Monday and Tuesday, the White House said, reaffirming the two leaders' close ties.

The announcement came shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and planned to deliver remarks alongside Netanyahu.

"The president and the prime minister will discuss their countries shared interests and actions in the Middle East during a working meeting on March 25," the White House said in a statement. Trump will host Netanyahu at a dinner on Tuesday night.

The Israeli prime minister planned to visit Washington next week to address the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, two weeks before the Israeli election on April 9.

"Relations with the United States have never been this strong," Netanyahu said in a speech earlier Wednesday.

Israel's attorney general said on February 28 he plans to indict Netanyahu in three corruption cases. Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, will have the chance to persuade the attorney-general to scrap the charges at a hearing expected after the election.

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Trump wants to use a big banking settlement to help build his border wall

Key Points
  • The White House is targeting a windfall from an international banking scandal to help pay for the border wall, according to an administration official.
  • French bank Societe Generale struck a deal with the U.S government in November to pay $1.3 billion after admitting that it violated U.S. sanctions on Cuba and Iran for years.
  • The administration is hoping to funnel as much as $359 million from that settlement to a special account at the Treasury Department to fund the wall, the official says.