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David M. Friedman

World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder, himself a former U.S. ambassador, met Monday with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Israel, attorney David Friedman.

The meeting ended with a strong endorsement for Friedman by Lauder, who expressed confidence that Friedman will make an “outstanding ambassador.”

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“During the campaign, it was no surprise to me when Donald Trump boldly declared he would ‘send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the State of Israel‘,” Lauder said.

“I have known President–elect Trump for 50 years and I can personally attest to his heartfelt commitment to the special kinship between the United States and Israel.”

“As president of the World Jewish Congress, I welcomed the opportunity to meet yesterday with Ambassador-designate David Friedman.

“A thoughtful and accomplished individual, David Friedman is both a proud American and a passionate advocate of the benefits that the United States and Israel have enjoyed from a friendship that has spanned decades. I am confident that he will be an outstanding U.S. ambassador to Israel,” Lauder added.

“Having had the privilege of serving the United States as Ambassador to Austria under President [Ronald] Reagan, I fully recognize it is the president, not any ambassador, who sets American foreign policy,” Lauder said.

“I am sure that President-elect Trump has made the appropriate choice in selecting David Friedman to advance the Trump administration’s diplomatic policies.”

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