Palestinian leader boasts that he 'slapped' U.S. in the face
In this Sept. 9. 2019 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the Fourth National Forum for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory -- The Palestinian president says he has "slapped" the U.S. Administration in the face by rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's promised peace plan.
In a speech Monday, Mahmoud Abbas derisively referred to the U.S. peace plan, known as the "Deal of the Century," as the "Slap of the Century."
"They tried to give us the slap of the century, but we slapped them in the face," he said during a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death.
Trump has not yet released the plan or said when it will be released. But Abbas has pre-emptively rejected it, accusing the White House of being unfairly biased toward Israel.