The White House has invited senior democratic lawmakers to a ceremony where representatives from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will sign an agreement with Israel to normalize relations on Tuesday.
A senior administration official told reporters Monday that large numbers of Democrats had been invited to the signing ceremony due to be held on the South White House lawn on Tuesday. The official said at least some Democrats should attend the ceremony but did not offer names.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpCrowd plans to “lock up” Obama during the Trump rally in Nevada. Trump “takes reckless and selfish measures” to hold the lieutenant governor’s rally in Michigan helped broker a historic UAE-Israel deal to normalize relations in August. Last week, Trump announced that Bahrain had also reached an agreement with Israel to normalize relations.
The parties will sign what is known as the “Abraham Accord” at the White House ceremony on Tuesday, a notable diplomatic achievement for Trump. The agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel was recognized by both parties when it was announced by the White House last month.
The presence of Democrats at the ceremony will be a rare sight. The White House previously refused to invite Democrats when the president signed key laws, such as the president’s signing of coronavirus bailout funds in March. Tensions among Washington partisans remain high as Republicans and Democrats argue over future coronavirus relief and the upcoming elections.
The chief administrative officer said Monday that a few hundred people would attend the outdoor ceremony on Tuesday and that masks were recommended but not required in the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the foreign delegations will be tested for COVID-19 before the ceremony.
The senior administration official said that all three parties would sign a document called the “Abraham Accords” and that the parties would sign bilateral agreements with each other to cement the agreements. The officer did not go into the content of the documents.
The UAE-Israel accord marked a major breakthrough in diplomatic relations between the two nations as the Trump administration works to facilitate cooperation between Arab nations and Israel. In a surprise announcement by the Oval Office on Friday, Trump announced that Bahrain and Israel would normalize relations as well.