WASHINGTON – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has yet to reach a decision on whether or not to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump has only a day left to make a decision, before he will have to either sign – or not sign – a presidential waiver that will delay the implementation of a 1995 decision by Congress to move the embassy.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.792844
The waiver has been signed by every U.S. president since 1995, and it is valid for six months at a time. President Barack Obama signed it during the last weeks of his term, and on Thursday it will be half a year since he did so. That means that if Trump does not sign the waiver on Thursday, the U.S. government will be forced, by law, to begin the process of relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Spicer was asked about the issue during his daily press briefing, and despite the fact that the question included the looming deadline, he said that Trump has not yet made up his mind.
“Once we have a decision we’ll let you know,” he said, adding no further details. This has been Spicer’s answer to every question regarding the embassy move ever since Trump entered the White House in January. Read Haaretz article
Trump still has not reached a decision on a major campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. According to the Haaretz article the Trump camp is divided right down the middle on this decision. The article also clarifies that either Trump signs the waiver on Thursday or be forced by Congress’ 1995 law to move the embassy. The fact that a promise was made in his campaign in 2016 and now a decision has not been made is a contradiction in and of itself, sounds like to me. The waiver if signed only last for 6 months, so there is a possibility he would move the embassy at a later day. We will have to wait and see.