Tillerson Signals Trump Won’t Be Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Anytime Soon

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By Yair Rosenberg.. On Sunday (May 14, 2017), Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was interviewed on NBC’s Meet the Press. He was pressed by host Chuck Todd about whether President Trump plans to keep his campaign pledge to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Under the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, the president must sign a waiver every six months to prevent such a move. The next deadline is May 31, shortly after Trump plans to visit Israel on his first foreign trip. Here’s how Tillerson responded to Todd’s query:

CHUCK TODD: The issue of moving the embassy, the U.S. embassy, to Jerusalem. It has been reported that it is not going to happen, and then that’s been retracted. Let me ask you this. When is the final decision, or is this going to be one of those things that we’re always going to contemplate moving it, but it’s a moving target for a while?

SECRETARY REX TILLERSON: Well, the president, I think rightly, has taken a very deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have. Read the full story.

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