‘Broken’ Ariana Grande speaks out after deadly Manchester concert: ‘I don’t have words’

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The singer was not harmed in the incident.

19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

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The incident is being treated as a “possible terrorist incident.”

19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

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The incident is being treated as a “possible terrorist incident.”

WATCH: Chaos after reports of explosion at Manchester Arena

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At least 19 are reported dead and 50 injured following reports of an explosion at the end of Ariana Grande’s performance.

WATCH: Chaos after reports of explosion at Manchester Arena

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At least 19 are reported dead and 50 injured following reports of an explosion at the end of Ariana Grande’s performance.

19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) — At least 19 people are dead and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

The wounded are being treated at six different hospitals, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference. “We’re doing all that we can … as we gather information about what happened,” he said, asking people to remain vigilant.

Further details were not immediately available.

 

Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY

— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017

 

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, “The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound, which sounded like an explosion went off.”

She added: “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing.”

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang. “I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Emergency personnel treated some of the injured at the nearby Manchester Victoria railway station.

A rep for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

In a statement, Manchester Arena confirmed that there had been an incident but said it occurred outside the venue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims,” it tweeted.

 

pic.twitter.com/cPwkQbrYp2

— Manchester Arena (@ManchesterArena) May 23, 2017

 

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

 

#ManchesterVic – Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

— National Rail (@nationalrailenq) May 22, 2017

 

According to a spokesman for the British Home Office, they are holding a senior staff meeting on the Manchester incident this evening.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that they “are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” she added.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.


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19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) — At least 19 people are dead and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

The wounded are being treated at six different hospitals, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference. “We’re doing all that we can … as we gather information about what happened,” he said, asking people to remain vigilant.

Further details were not immediately available.

 

Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY

— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017

 

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, “The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound, which sounded like an explosion went off.”

She added: “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing.”

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang. “I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Emergency personnel treated some of the injured at the nearby Manchester Victoria railway station.

A rep for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

In a statement, Manchester Arena confirmed that there had been an incident but said it occurred outside the venue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims,” it tweeted.

 

pic.twitter.com/cPwkQbrYp2

— Manchester Arena (@ManchesterArena) May 23, 2017

 

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

 

#ManchesterVic – Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

— National Rail (@nationalrailenq) May 22, 2017

 

According to a spokesman for the British Home Office, they are holding a senior staff meeting on the Manchester incident this evening.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that they “are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” she added.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.


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WATCH: 19 confirmed dead at Ariana Grande concert: Manchester police chief

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“This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone,” said the local official.

WATCH: 19 confirmed dead at Ariana Grande concert: Manchester police chief

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“This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone,” said the local official.

WATCH: Additional warning signs posted after sea lion attack goes viral

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Authorities blame the parents, but officials say they don’t plan to press charges for disturbing the wildlife.

WATCH: Additional warning signs posted after sea lion attack goes viral

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Authorities blame the parents, but officials say they don’t plan to press charges for disturbing the wildlife.

WATCH: Multiple fatalities at Ariana Grande concert

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A loud noise was heard near the Manchester Arena.

WATCH: Multiple fatalities at Ariana Grande concert

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A loud noise was heard near the Manchester Arena.

‘Everyone was just screaming’: Witnesses describe chaos after reported explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

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Dave Thompson/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — Abby Barker was just getting ready to leave an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, when she heard “an extremely loud bang,” she said, and the Manchester Arena dissolved into mass chaos and panic.

Barker told ABC News that the “Dangerous Woman” singer had just left the stage, the music had cut off and the lights were on, when the reported bang happened.

“Everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming,” Barker said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb, gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Greater Manchester police report that 19 people are dead and around 50 others are injured. In a statement, police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC that the “huge sound … sounded like an explosion went off.”

“Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running,” she continued. “Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing.”

Emergency personnel treated some of the injured at Manchester’s Victoria railway station near the arena.

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Manchester Arena sent out a tweet after the incident, saying the reported explosion happened outside the concert venue.

pic.twitter.com/cPwkQbrYp2

— Manchester Arena (@ManchesterArena) May 23, 2017

Reps for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

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‘Everyone was just screaming’: Witnesses describe chaos after reported explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

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Dave Thompson/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — Abby Barker was just getting ready to leave an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, when she heard “an extremely loud bang,” she said, and the Manchester Arena dissolved into mass chaos and panic.

Barker told ABC News that the “Dangerous Woman” singer had just left the stage, the music had cut off and the lights were on, when the reported bang happened.

“Everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming,” Barker said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb, gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Greater Manchester police report that 19 people are dead and around 50 others are injured. In a statement, police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC that the “huge sound … sounded like an explosion went off.”

“Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running,” she continued. “Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing.”

Emergency personnel treated some of the injured at Manchester’s Victoria railway station near the arena.

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Manchester Arena sent out a tweet after the incident, saying the reported explosion happened outside the concert venue.

pic.twitter.com/cPwkQbrYp2

— Manchester Arena (@ManchesterArena) May 23, 2017

Reps for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

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At least 19 dead, 50 injured after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) — At least 19 people are dead and around 50 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England.

In a statement, Greater Manchester police said they were called to the arena at just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

Further details of the incident were not immediately available.

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, “The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound which sounded like an explosion went off.”

She added: “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming crying and pushing.”

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang. “I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Reps for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

Video shows panicked people fleeing the arena.

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.


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WATCH: SPECIAL REPORT: Multiple fatalities at Ariana Grande concert

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A loud noise was heard near the Manchester Arena.

WATCH: People evacuate Manchester Arena after reports of explosion

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ABC News’ Terry Moran reports major fatalities confirmed.

WATCH: People evacuate Manchester Arena after reports of explosion

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ABC News’ Terry Moran reports major fatalities confirmed.

Deaths, injuries after reports of explosion at Manchester Arena: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) —  Police are responding to reports of a “serious incident” at Manchester Arena in England and telling individuals to stay away from the area.

In a statement, police said there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” as well as additional injuries. The nature of the incident was not immediately available.

Emergency services are at the scene of the incident that reportedly happened at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

Reps for the singer confirmed that she was not harmed.

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as a “blast” from near the box office. When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Reps for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Deaths, injuries after reports of explosion at Manchester Arena: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) —  Police are responding to reports of a “serious incident” at Manchester Arena in England and telling individuals to stay away from the area.

In a statement, police said there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” as well as additional injuries. The nature of the incident was not immediately available.

Emergency services are at the scene of the incident that reportedly happened at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

Reps for the singer confirmed that she was not harmed.

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as a “blast” from near the box office. When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Reps for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Deaths, injuries after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena: Police

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Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

WATCH: Loud explosion heard near Ariana Grande concert

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Listen to the noise from outside the Manchester Arena.

WATCH: People evacuate Manchester Arena after reports of explosion

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Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

Deaths, injuries after reports of explosion at Manchester Arena: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) —  Police are responding to reports of a “serious incident” at Manchester Arena in England and telling individuals to stay away from the area.

In a statement, police said there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” as well as additional injuries. The nature of the incident was not immediately available.

Emergency services are at the scene of the incident that reportedly happened at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

Reps for the singer confirmed that she was not harmed.

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Deaths, injuries after reports of explosion at Manchester Arena: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) —  Police are responding to reports of a “serious incident” at Manchester Arena in England and telling individuals to stay away from the area.

In a statement, police said there are a “number of confirmed fatalities” as well as additional injuries. The nature of the incident was not immediately available.

Emergency services are at the scene of the incident that reportedly happened at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

Reps for the singer confirmed that she was not harmed.

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge $100M to women’s fund Ivanka Trump supports

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged to give a total of $100 million to the Women’s Empowerment Fund, which Ivanka Trump has publicly supported.

The announcement came at an event that Trump attended while visiting Saudi Arabia as part of the first foreign trip of her father’s presidency.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim was the one to announce the donation, saying that the two countries had pledged a combined $100 million donation to the World Bank-based fund.

He added that because of that pledge, as well as additional pledges from the U.S. and other countries, they are expecting to have accumulated $1 billion for the fund by the G-20 summit in July.

“This is really a stunning achievement. I’ve never seen anything come together so quickly, and I really have to say that Ivanka’s leadership has been tremendous,” Kim said, according to the pool report from the event in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The fund is intended to provide capital for small and medium sized women entrepreneurs.

ABC News has reached out to the White House for further information about the fund and will update accordingly.

Kim first announced the creation of the fund on April 26, 2017, releasing a statement applauding the support of Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The World Bank Group is working with partners on the details around creating a facility for women’s economic empowerment, specifically through providing access to finance, markets and networks,” the statement reads. “Typically, the governance of facilities we manage is decided among donors, and the secretariat sits within and is administered by the World Bank Group. We are very grateful for the leadership Ms. Trump and Chancellor Merkel have demonstrated on this important issue.”

While specific details about the fund have not been released publicly, Trump’s connection to the fund has already prompted questions from at least one senator.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, sent a letter to the director of the Office of Government Ethics on April 28 urging them to review potential conflicts that come from both Trump’s involvement with the fund and her decision not to divest from her businesses.

“I am concerned that Ms. Trump’s refusal to divest from her business interests, and her creation of a fund to solicit foreign money, provides foreign governments an opportunity to improperly influence United States trade and foreign policy,” Wyden wrote in the letter.

During the presidential election, Donald Trump was a frequent critic of the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from Saudi Arabia and other countries with bad human rights records.

“Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Hillary must return all money from such countries!” Trump wrote in a Facebook post on June 13, 2016.

He reiterated that sentiment during the first presidential debate as well, saying that countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar “are people that push gays off … buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly. And yet you take their money … why don’t you give back the money?”

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Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge $100M to women’s fund Ivanka Trump supports

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged to give a total of $100 million to the Women’s Empowerment Fund, which Ivanka Trump has publicly supported.

The announcement came at an event that Trump attended while visiting Saudi Arabia as part of the first foreign trip of her father’s presidency.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim was the one to announce the donation, saying that the two countries had pledged a combined $100 million donation to the World Bank-based fund.

He added that because of that pledge, as well as additional pledges from the U.S. and other countries, they are expecting to have accumulated $1 billion for the fund by the G-20 summit in July.

“This is really a stunning achievement. I’ve never seen anything come together so quickly, and I really have to say that Ivanka’s leadership has been tremendous,” Kim said, according to the pool report from the event in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The fund is intended to provide capital for small and medium sized women entrepreneurs.

ABC News has reached out to the White House for further information about the fund and will update accordingly.

Kim first announced the creation of the fund on April 26, 2017, releasing a statement applauding the support of Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The World Bank Group is working with partners on the details around creating a facility for women’s economic empowerment, specifically through providing access to finance, markets and networks,” the statement reads. “Typically, the governance of facilities we manage is decided among donors, and the secretariat sits within and is administered by the World Bank Group. We are very grateful for the leadership Ms. Trump and Chancellor Merkel have demonstrated on this important issue.”

While specific details about the fund have not been released publicly, Trump’s connection to the fund has already prompted questions from at least one senator.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, sent a letter to the director of the Office of Government Ethics on April 28 urging them to review potential conflicts that come from both Trump’s involvement with the fund and her decision not to divest from her businesses.

“I am concerned that Ms. Trump’s refusal to divest from her business interests, and her creation of a fund to solicit foreign money, provides foreign governments an opportunity to improperly influence United States trade and foreign policy,” Wyden wrote in the letter.

During the presidential election, Donald Trump was a frequent critic of the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from Saudi Arabia and other countries with bad human rights records.

“Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Hillary must return all money from such countries!” Trump wrote in a Facebook post on June 13, 2016.

He reiterated that sentiment during the first presidential debate as well, saying that countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar “are people that push gays off … buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly. And yet you take their money … why don’t you give back the money?”

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Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

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The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation

Trump: ‘I never mentioned’ Israel to Russian officials in Oval Office meeting

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(TEL AVIV, Israel) — President Donald Trump said on Monday that he “never mentioned” Israel during his controversial Oval Office meeting with Russian officials in which he reportedly disclosed classified information that could have compromised an Israeli intelligence source.

“I never mentioned the word or the name Israel. Never mentioned it during our conversation,” Trump said to reporters ahead of his private meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The president was referring to his May 10 meeting at the White House with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov where he reportedly shared intelligence information from Israel about ISIS.

Trump has since defended his disclosure, arguing he has the right to share such information with Russians.

ABC News reported that Trump’s sharing of the information jeopardized exposing an Israeli spy who had provided the intelligence involving an active ISIS plot.

Monday in Israel at the president’s brief public appearance with Netanyahu prior to their private meeting, Trump said he did not mention Israel in his meeting with the Russians.

“They’re all saying I did,” the president said. “So, you had another story wrong.”

In fact, there were no allegations that Trump mentioned the source of the intelligence to the Russian officials.

Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who was at the May 10 meeting, said in a press conference last week, “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”

In Monday’s public appearance of Trump with Netanyahu, the Israeli leader showed no signs he was upset about Trump’s disclosure of intelligence.

“The intelligence cooperation is terrific,” Netanyahu said.

Trump’s meeting with the prime minister is just one highlight of his busy schedule since arriving in Israel around noon local time on Monday on what is the second stop on his first foreign trip as president.

Trump also made history Monday in becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter Ivanka Trump.

Trump’s visit to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, pleased Israeli officials. But in preparations for the planned visit, a junior U.S. official commented to Israelis that the Jewish holy site is “not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank” — a remark that an Israeli official said was “received with shock.”

The president, donning a yarmulke, solemnly placed his hand on the Western Wall and, after taking a few moments, left a note behind.

Before arriving at the Western Wall, Trump and the first lady toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City — one of Christianity’s holiest sites, holding the shrine where Jesus is believed to have been entombed. He delivered remarks alongside Rivlin, repeating what he wrote in the Israeli president’s guestbook, saying, “I am honored to be in the great state of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people.”

The president and the first lady were greeted upon their arrival to Israel by Netanyahu, his wife, Sarah Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and his wife, Nehama Rivlin, for a welcome ceremony.

“On my first trip overseas as president, I have come to the sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel,” Trump said Monday morning on the tarmac of Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

“We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace. But we can only get there working together,” he added.

On Tuesday, Trump will have a private meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and participate in a wreath laying at the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.

Trump will not announce during his visit any move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to a senior White House official who cautioned that it’s not the right time for such a pronouncement, as the administration is focusing on brokering a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

Moving the embassy had been a campaign promise of Trump’s going back to the Republican primary campaign. As early as a March 2016 speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Trump vowed, “We will move the American Embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”

Most foreign nations’ embassies in Israel, including the United States’ since 1966, are in Tel Aviv. Any move of the embassy to Jerusalem would likely be viewed as provocative to leaders of the region’s Arab nations and to Palestinians, who claim that city as the capital of a future state.

Trump does not expect to convene a joint meeting with Abbas and Netanyahu on this trip, although he hopes that will happen after another round of solo meetings with each of the leaders, the senior White House official said.

“We’re not here to force people to do things one way or the other with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the official said.

The stop in Israel comes after the president’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and will be followed by a trip to the Vatican, where Trump will meet with the pope.

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