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 MnuchinOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Insurgents seek female challenger to Pelosi for Speakership | Broward County finishes machine recount 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.

Also accompanying Mnuchin on the trip will be Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerGraham: Trump’s new AG has ‘concerns’ about criminal justice bill Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill Trump says he will decide Nielsen's fate 'shortly' MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE's son-in-law and senior adviser. The president's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump says he will decide Nielsen's fate 'shortly' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Turbulence in the West Wing as shakeup looms Trump eyes post-midterm shakeup MORE, also a senior adviser, may attend the opening, but her attendance isn't set in stone yet.


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.