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WATCH: Trump made right choice on Jerusalem, GOP rep says  

President Trump made the right choice in declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital despite the security concerns surrounding the move, Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) told The Hill.

“It’s a big change, it’s a big statement in the region, and there is potential for chaos with it, there’s no question about it. We should be aware of it, but it’s America’s policy, it’s what we believe and we should act on it. We should not be afraid to do so,” Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, said in an interview.

Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also directed the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as mandated by a 1995 law, which has been waived by the past three presidents on national security grounds.

Still, Trump signed his own waiver on moving the embassy, which officially puts off the move for another six months.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly advised Trump against moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fearing blowback in the Arab world.

But a number of GOP lawmakers, including Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), said the U.S. should not be swayed by such threats.

“America should never change our foreign policy based on an assumption that we’re going to offend a group of Islamic radicals. America should always do the right thing for the right reason and stand by our allies, and America has no stronger ally on earth than the people of Israel,” Culberson told The Hill.

“The Trump administration is not going let another Benghazi happen because President Trump is going to aggressively and assertively restore respect for the United States of America, restore respect for our military and protect our diplomats and American citizens overseas — no matter what,” he added.

Watch the video above to hear the lawmakers in their own words.


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