President Donald Trump reaches out to touch the Western Wall, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump Becomes the First Sitting U.S. President to Pray at Western Wall

On Monday, President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Washington Examiner reports.

The site is known to be one of the “holiest sites” in Judaism, and was visited by President Trump and his family.

In a traditional practice, the president placed his right hand on the stone and placed a note of prayer into the wall.

The president and his family also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians believe that Jesus Christ was crucified and buried.

President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka also prayed at the wall. The couple practices Orthodox Judaism.

The Western Wall “forms the foundation of the Second Jewish Temple,” which was built by King Herod in the first century B.C.

Trump’s visit also marks the first time a sitting U.S. President has visited Israel during the first foreign tour.

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