Mnuchin to lead delegation to embassy opening in Jerusalem: report

Mnuchin to lead delegation to embassy opening in Jerusalem: report
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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinDems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle On The Money: House Dem says marijuana banking bill will get vote in spring | Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers | US home construction slips in March | Uber gets B investment for self-driving cars Former Sears holding company sues ex-CEO, Mnuchin and others over 'asset stripping' MORE will lead the U.S. delegation to Israel in May for the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Axios reported Sunday.

About 250 people are expected to travel from the U.S. for the embassy opening, including around 40 members of Congress and leaders from Jewish organizations and pro-Israel groups, Axios reported, citing Israeli officials.

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Neither the White House nor the Treasury Department immediately responded to The Hill's requests for comment.

Israeli officials are hoping to use the opening to convince other countries to follow the United States's example and move their embassies to Jerusalem, according to Axios.

Trump announced in December that the U.S. would relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with decades of U.S. policy in the region.

The move was praised by conservatives and pro-Israel groups, but garnered criticism from foreign leaders, who warned that relocating the U.S. Embassy could further undermine stability in the region. 

While Israel sees Jerusalem as its undivided capital, the U.S. held for decades that the country's capital was in Tel Aviv. Jerusalem is considered a holy city for Muslims, Christians and Jews, and Palestinians have also long aspired to establish the capital of a future Palestinian state in the city's eastern sector.