In the now well-known and infamous phone call, Trump put pressure on the Ukrainian President to get involved in American politics. On that occasion, he announced an investigation against his rival Joe Biden. The whole story led the Democrats to impeach Trump, stating that he used his function corruptly and that the Congress approved the funds for Trump's campaign.
That led Trump to retaliate in a similar manner, but on a much smaller and less elaborate scale, on Friday during a televised call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
While discussing a new plan for Israel to normalize relations with Sudan on speakerphone in front of reporters, Trump tried to goad Netanyahu into attacking Biden.
"Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi? Sleepy Joe?" Trump asked, smirking. "Do you think he would have made this deal? Somehow, I don't think so."
This inquiry was far less duplicitous and twisted than the one that Trump put to the President of Ukraine. There was no terminology of high politics. Here, Trump simply asked the Israeli Prime Minister to belittle Biden.
Simply this seemed inappropriate and wildly unworthy of politics and international relations.
The Israeli Prime Minister, realizing what it was about, seems to have stayed above this cheap skirmish and replied: "We appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America".