Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Jerusalem's new embassy row to be named 'Trump Town'?

Jerusalem's new embassy row to be named 'Trump Town'?

Trump has said he might go to Israel in May to attend the official opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state.

Trump was speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

While previous U.S. presidents had run for election promising to move the embassy to Jerusalem, none ever pursued the relocation once in office.

The larger step of moving the entire embassy to a new location in Jerusalem would cost more than the sum Trump mentioned, and would also take more time.

Trump said he had finally authorized $300,000 to $400,000 to be spent on the construction of the new embassy.

The Trump administration announced in February that it would shift the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In addition, Trump's newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Israel, as well as Jordan and Saudi Arabia, on his first foreign trip on the job this weekend. "I may go (to Jerusalem). very proud of it. Jerusalem has been a subject that's been promised for many years, as you know, the embassy in Jerusalem".

"It's going to be lovely and it could be somewhat temporary", Trump said.

The grand mufti of Jerusalem warned that there will be war if the United States moves its embassy to Jerusalem.

He urged countries that do not recognize the state of Palestine to do so with East Jerusalem as its capital, and to support Palestine's accession to global organizations.

Trump said that when he questioned David Friedman, his pick to be the US ambassador to Israel, about the $1 billion cost, Friedman said that he could renovate an existing USA property for $150,000. "I had my name half-signed and I noticed the figure and I never got to the word 'Trump"'. I said, "What?" He said, "I can build it for $150,000, the embassy". He also gave an insight into the internal White House deliberations on the new USA embassy in Jerusalem.

"We have a great site".

"But that's the way government works".

"They were going to spend a billion dollars and we're going to spend much less than half a million dollars", he added.

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