Gov. Scott Walker is blogging about his presidential exploration, with his first post sharing personal reflections on his recent trip to Israel.
Walker didn’t bring reporters or photographers from traditional media outlets along on his six-day trip to Israel, which was coordinated and paid for through his political nonprofit Our American Revival. The Republican Jewish Coalition, which is backed by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, also helped pay for the trip.
On the blogging platform medium.com Walker shared photos of himself shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and praying at the Wailing Wall, a Jewish holy site in Jerusalem.
“As the son of a pastor growing up in Plainfield, Iowa, and Delavan, Wisconsin, I remember well learning about places like the Mount of Olives in Sunday School,” Walker wrote. “But I never expected to have the opportunity to stand at the top of the Mount of Olives myself or to walk where Jesus walked in Jerusalem.”
Walker wrote that his goal in visiting the country was to talk to its leaders and citizens and better understand their perspective.
Echoing statements he made to reporters in Iowa after returning from Israel, Walker wrote that the trip “only confirmed my belief that the current administration is not giving Israel the support it needs. Instead of standing with our ally, the president is making bad deals with a country that wishes to wipe Israel off the map.”
Our American Revival spokeswoman AshLee Strong announced the post as the group’s first, suggesting there will be more to come.