Trump promised during his presidential campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and his decision to at least delay any such move represents a setback for his conservative supporters who hoped Trump would make good on his pledge.
Trump is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday from Saudi Arabia and is slated to give a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
"Right now there are no plans to do anything in that regard", the official said.
Trump is scheduled to become the first incumbent USA president to visit the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem next week.
Perhaps those who expected Trump to be the first president to make good on the promise to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem were kidding themselves.
A move would also be costly: the USA doesn't own a facility in Jerusalem large enough to house its embassy, and would have to build a secure compound at considerable expense even as Trump seeks money for a military buildup, a border wall and infrastructure development. But despite Friedman's confirmation, nothing has changed in U.S. policy toward Israel. "Many of our constituents cast their vote for you due to this commitment, '" the letter said.More news: Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation
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Trump had vowed to move the embassy to Jerusalem, referring to the city as "the eternal capital of the Jewish People".
Last night (Thursday), the Israel Police, the Shin Bet and personal security services trained and prepared for US President Donald Trump's visit in three days.
Reps. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., and Francis Rooney, R-Fla., marked the celebration by introducing a nonbinding resolution celebrating Israel's capture of the eastern portions of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in 1967. The administration quickly disavowed this, insisting that was not the policy of the United States. But if he doesn't, it'll be clear that at least as far as the Middle East is concerned, the brash outsider has become a captive of his establishment minders.
She added, "Nothing defines the unique relationship between the United States and Israel more than the scripture from the book of Leviticus in our Bible inscribed on the Liberty Bell - 'Proclaim Liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof'".