PRESIDENT Donald Trump asked on Friday whether "sleepy Joe Biden" could have brokered the Middle East peace deal that he just did.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on speaker phone with Trump in the Oval Office on Friday to discuss normalizing relations between Israel and Sudan.
Trump asked Netanyahu: "Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi?"
"Sleepy Joe… you think he would have made this deal somehow? I don't think so," the president said.
Netanyahu appeared to remain silent on the line before answering a few seconds later.
"Well, Mr President, one thing I could tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America and we appreciate what you've done."
Netanyahu went on to say the "new era" will be registered in history books.
Trump announced on Friday that Sudan is going to begin normalizing relations with Israel – marking the third Arab state to do so as part of US-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day.
The deal comes after Trump's conditional agreement this week to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism – if it pays $335million in compensation to American victims of terror attacks.
It also delivers a foreign policy achievement for Trump just days before the election and boosts Netanyahu.
In September, the US brokered diplomatic pacts between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, known as the "Abraham Accords."
Trump said last month: "After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.
"Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity."
On Friday, Trump said in the Oval Office: “This is one of the great days in the history of Sudan."
Trump added that Israel and Sudan have been in a state of war for decades.
“It is a new world,” Netanyahu said. “We are cooperating with everyone. Building a better future for all of us.”
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok thanked Trump for signing the executive order to remove Sudan from the terrorism list and said in a statement that he hoped to complete the process in a “timely manner.”
Aside from the peace deal, Trump said in the Oval Office that he beat Biden in their last presidential debate on Thursday night.
In addition to calling Biden "sleepy Joe," Trump said he would participate in another debate, but doesn't think he needs to.
He insisted the US will see a "great red wave like we've never seen before" – referring to Republican voters – in the coming days.
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