Trump likely to keep US Embassy in Tel Aviv for now: report

Trump likely to keep US Embassy in Tel Aviv for now: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE is likely to keep the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv for the time being, CNN reported Wednesday.

Trump is expected to sign the six-month waiver that would keep the embassy in Tel Aviv rather than move it to Jerusalem, a move Trump vowed to make during his presidential campaign.

An official told the news network that while a final decision has not been reached, the administration has prepared documents for both options.

The action of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is "something the president supports, something he supported during the campaign, something he still supports," the official told CNN.


"If he signs the wavier this week, that will not be indicative of him reversing his opinion; it will just be a question of timing. It will be when, not if."

The president still backs moving the embassy but does not believe now is the right time due to possible peace negotiations, the report said.

Trump during his first trip abroad earlier this month met with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Speaking at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem during his trip, Trump expressed his hope for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

"And we know that peace is possible if we put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis," Trump said during his first visit to Israel as president. 

"I am personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement."