Sen. Warren meets leaders on Middle East trip
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a tour of the Middle East, her first official congressional trip overseas.
Warren’s office confirmed the Massachusetts Democrat met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday. Her trip also includes a scheduled meeting with officials of the Jordanian government.
Warren aides say she’ll also visit with military troops from Massachusetts stationed in the region.
During her visit, Warren was introduced to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. After their meeting, Netanyahu posted a picture of himself shaking hands with Warren on his Facebook page.
The trip was organized by the State Department and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, of which Warren is a member.
Warren is also scheduled to meet with representatives of the United Nations refugee agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and local non-governmental organizations.
The trip gives Warren — who has built her political career largely on domestic economic issues — a chance to burnish her foreign affairs resume.
Warren is a favorite of liberals, who have embraced her fiery rhetoric trained at financial institutions and in support of graduates facing mountains of student loan debt and homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages.
Her most ardent supporters have called on her to consider running for president in 2016, something Warren has brushed aside.
She was tapped earlier this month by Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada to serve as strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
The senator’s office did not say when Warren, who was elected to the Senate just two years ago, was planning to return.