Kushner expected to attend opening of Jerusalem embassy: CNN

Kushner expected to attend opening of Jerusalem embassy: CNN
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White House senior adviser and President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate Blagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prison The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE is expected to attend the opening of the United States's Embassy in Jerusalem next month, CNN reported Saturday.

Israeli media reports have said that Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday Bloomberg proposes financial transaction tax GOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law MORE will lead a 250-member delegation reportedly including Kushner and his wife and first daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpManufacturers group kicks off campaign to close the industry's skills gap Fed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Rally crowd chants '46' for Donald Trump Jr. MORE, another White House aide.


Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPompeo to speak to influential conservative group in Iowa Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Ted Cruz takes aim at Alabama vasectomy bill: 'Yikes' MORE (R) and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Barr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria MORE (R) are also reportedly expected to join the delegation.

Trump made the declaration in December that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a major shift in U.S. policy, and announced that his administration would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The embassy opening next month in Jerusalem is merely a temporary facility that will house Ambassador David Friedman and his staff until a permanent embassy can be built in the city, according to Israeli media. That project will likely take years to complete.

“Initially, the interim embassy in Arnona will contain office space for the ambassador and a small staff. By the end of next year, we will complete the construction of additional office space in the Arnona compound that will provide the ambassador and his team with expanded interim capacity,” an official in the Tel Aviv embassy told The Times of Israel last week.

“Most embassy staff will continue to live and work in Tel Aviv during this period until a new embassy is built in Jerusalem. We expect the process of site selection, design, planning and permitting, and construction of a permanent embassy to take additional years to complete.”

Trump has repeatedly said he "may" attend the Jerusalem embassy opening, something he reiterated during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

“I may go. I’m very proud of it,” Trump said.