Saeb Erekat, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaks to journalists after a meeting between Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II, at the Royal Palace, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (Khalil Mazraawi, Pool Photo via AP)
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The Palestinians' top negotiator said Tuesday there could be no discussions with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration until his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is reversed.Trump's Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital set off protests among Palestinians, who consider the city to be their capital as well.Erekat's comments come with rhetoric further sharpening between Trump's White House and the Palestinians, who have said the United States can no longer mediate in the Middle East conflict and boycotted a recent visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.Last week, Trump accused the Palestinians of disrespecting the United States and threatened to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in aid until they returned to the negotiating table.
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