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Trump Didn't Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem—but He Still Might

Like his predecessors, the president signed a waiver delaying the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv, but there are signs he could still go through with the transfer.
Source: Amir Cohen / Reuters

President Trump’s campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem—coupled with his reiterating this promise as a sitting president—means the administration could be forced into a will-he-or-won’t-he pattern every six months, instead of being able to quietly punt like his predecessors.

On Thursday, the White House announced that Trump had signed the waiver which must be signed every six months in order to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv. But in its statement, the White House re-emphasized Trump’s promise to move it.

“While President Donald J. Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step

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