Statement from Donald Trump on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:
Melania and I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Shimon Peres on the passing of their beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
On the world stage, Shimon Peres was a visible and highly effective patriarch to another, much larger family – the people of Israel, whom he led as prime minister and president. Shimon Peres’ life always pointed toward peace. Bearing witness to more than his share of war and its human toll, Shimon Peres devoted his leadership skills to cultivating peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors. He was a consummate statesman, a distinguished patriot and a friend of peace-loving people everywhere.
With his hand outstretched in peace and friendship, Shimon Peres personified dignity and grace in a region of the world where both run far too short. May he rest in peace.
Donald J. Trump