Wearing a kippah, President Donald Trump placed on Monday, a handwritten note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the ancient site, one of Judaism’s holiest place.
Trump’s note was removed after his departure to avoid an embarrassment. When Barack Obama visited in 2008 as a candidate for president and put a note, a yeshiva student took the note and leaked it to the Israeli media and publish a photograph of it.
The historic visit in the Middle East is part of the president’s efforts to emphasize “the need for unity among three of the world’s great religions.”
The president signed the guest book, writing, “This was a great honor—peace!”
First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joined Trump for a visit to both the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall.
The Western Wall is not recognized officially as Israeli territory by The U.S. Also Trump administration has not been clear about whether it is part of Israel.
Trump will have dinner at the prime minister’s official residence with their wives. Later he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.