“It was important for me to congratulate the incoming president,” Mr. Netanyahu said.
The former prime minister, once considered a strong Trump ally, added that he appreciated Mr. Trump’s “big contribution” to Israel and touted the relationship between his country and the United States.
According to Axios, Mr. Trump was upset over Mr. Netanyahu’s congratulations to the point where it strained their relationship.
“I haven’t spoken to him since,” Mr. Trump said. “F**k him.”
Mr. Netanyahu stepped down from the post in June, being succeeded by Naftali Bennett.
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