Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was caught on microphone badmouthing the media to President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, shortly after the two landed in Tel Aviv (video below).
As the Netanyahus welcomed the Trumps to Israel, Sara was overheard telling Melania that media criticism of her and her husband does not reflect the feelings of the Israeli people.
"You know in Israel all the people like us, the media hate us but the people love us," she said to Melania, according to Newsweek. "Like you."
She then addressed Mr. Trump directly.
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"I talk every place about how great she is and how great you are," Sara told him, according to The Daily Caller.
At which point the Israeli prime minister interjected with: "I can testify to that."
"Because the majority of the people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us so we tell them how you are great so they love you," Sara added.
"We have very much in common," the president replied.
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"We'll talk about it over dinner," Sara said.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Netanyahu have both claimed to be unfairly targeted by the media. Mr. Trump has repeatedly referred to the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election as a "witch hunt."
On May 18 he tweeted: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"
At a White House lunch that same day, Mr. Trump told reporters the investigation "hurts our country terribly" and is a way for the Democrats to dodge responsibility.
"It also happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won because of the Electoral College being slanted so much in their way. That's all this is," he said, according to NBC News. "I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country. And I think it's a very, very negative thing."
In Israel, Mr. Netanyahu is currently being investigated for corruption after it was alleged in the media that he had taken gifts from wealthy businessmen, Newsweek reports. The prime minister has dismissed the allegations.
"All these so-called scandals have turned out to be baseless, and the same will be regarding the allegations published in the media now," he said.
In 2016, media reports accused Mr. Netanyahu of accepting $1.1 million from French entrepreneur Arnaud Mimran, who was recently convicted of fraud and sentenced to eight years in prison. During his trial, Mimran said the money was a donation to Mr. Netanyahu's 2009 election campaign. The prime minister denied the accusation, though he admits having previously received $40,000 from the French scammer.