At the same time, the meeting comes just after the United States announced it will open its embassy in Jerusalem in May to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary celebrations.
"I may. I may", Trump said in response to questions by a reporter during brief remarks at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two leaders, each mired in politically damaging domestic investigations, basked in mutual praise.
"We remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital". Netanyahu's visit to Washington has been interpreted as something of a victory lap.
"We're looking at coming, if I can I will, Israel is very special to me, special country, special people, I look forward to being there and I'm very proud of that decision", said the USA president. I may. They have started, as you know, construction and I may.
The president, a former NY property developer, claimed that he is saving taxpayer dollars on the construction of the embassy.
Netanyahu also wants Trump to attend the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, which is set for May and tied to the 70th anniversary of the founding of modern Israel. "They put an order in front of my desk last week for a billion dollars".
"I may. I may", he said.
Trump said he was looking into the possibility of making his second trip to Jerusalem as president in mid-May, when the embassy is slated to move into a temporary location that is now an annex of the USA consulate.
While not making any specific commitments, Trump said, "we're looking at coming. But I'll be there again". "Israel is very special to me".
Netanyahu also addressed the Iranian threat, saying it is the "greatest challenge in the Middle East". "The Palestinians I think are wanting to come back to the table very badly".
Conspicuously low on the agenda is discussion of any possible "peace deal" with the Palestinians, which Trump has previously stated is a goal of his.
Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not accept a peace agreement brokered by Trump.
Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, has recently had his security clearance downgraded and it's not clear how that has impacted his efforts. He kept close ties with the Netanyahus also after leaving the job.
"I've been here for almost four decades seeking to build the American-Israel alliance". President Donald Trump and his campaign associates are themselves weathering an investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation.
He joins Shlomo Filber, another long-time aide, enmeshed in scandal.
Israeli media reported that under the deal, Hefetz will give the police audio records involving at least three corruption affairs in which Netanyahu is a suspect.
In two other cases in which police have already recommended that Netanyahu be charged, the final decision about whether to prosecute rests with the Israeli attorney general.
But even with an embrace from Trump, and an expected warm welcome at the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC's annual conference on Tuesday, Netanyahu will have a hard time escaping the growing scandals back home.