Trump won't attend opening of new US Embassy in Jerusalem

Trump won't attend opening of new US Embassy in Jerusalem
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Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will lead the delegation to the May 14 ceremony, which also includes the president’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? The Memo: Trump caves after negative images, pressure from family Trump backs down in rare reversal MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump Organization, Kushner Companies cut ties on hotel deal The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? Kushner meets with Saudi crown prince to discuss Mideast peace MORE, who also serve as senior advisers to Trump. 
 
Kushner has been tasked with leading efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which have hit a virtual standstill. Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy, will also attend the ceremony, as will Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Mnuchin: Tax-filing 'postcard' to be released next week Former top Treasury official to head private equity group MORE and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. 
 
Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem fulfilled a core campaign promise, but sparked anger across the Arab world. 
 
Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital for a future state, and decades of U.S. policy has said the status of Jerusalem should be decided in peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
 
If the president had decided to attend the ceremony, it could have amplified protests that are expected to break out around the opening. 
 
Still, Trump had left the door open to a trip just two weeks ago. 
 
“I may go. I’m very proud of it,” Trump said of the embassy during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.