U.S. and Israeli security services are undertaking a massive security operation to safeguard the president during his first foreign trip as commander in chief, including a 1,000-person entourage and armored suite.
Trump will travel first to Saudi Arabia on Saturday and meet with King Salman and other Gulf leaders during his two-day stay.
For his second stop, the president will travel to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visit historic sites in Jerusalem. His accommodations include a bomb-proof, poison gas-proof and bulletproof hotel room built to withstand the collapse of the entire building, NBC News reported Friday.
According to Sheldon Ritz, operations manager for Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, “The presidential suites have independent air conditioning in case of a gas attack and are built to withstand a RPG [rocket-propelled grenade],” Ritz said of the ultra-luxurious suite that costs $5,700 per night. “But still the U.S. is bringing rocket-proof glass to put in front of the window.”
Ritz compared the hotel’s extreme security measures to a “mini White House.” He added, “If the whole hotel blows up the suite will come down in one piece, so maybe a few broken bones, but they will be alive.”
In order to prevent explosives-laden cars from ramming the hotel, two buses full of heavy equipment will be placed at the entrance to the main road. Balloons carrying infrared cameras will float above the building while bomb-spotting robots will lurk in sewers beneath it.
Trump and his family’s food will also be inspected by a tester overseen by Israeli and U.S. security officials in order to certify that each meal is safe to consume.
Additionally, over ten thousand police officers will be on hand to secure his trip throughout Jerusalem.
“The level of security will be at its highest,” said Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the Israeli police. “It is a top priority that there is close coordination with the U.S., making sure the visit goes exactly according to plan.”
Palestinian officials are also working with the U.S. on logistics to Trump’s safe crossing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
“All the roads he will be passing through will be secured and emptied of vehicles,” said Maj. Gen. Adnan Damiri, the spokesperson for the Palestinian security forces. “Armored cars and police dogs trained to detect explosive materials will be used in cooperation with American security.”
The need for massive security detail on this trip is also due to Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, taking part in the president’s trip.
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