Trump won't attend opening of new US Embassy in Jerusalem

Trump won't attend opening of new US Embassy in Jerusalem
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The White House announced Monday that President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE will not be a part of a high-ranking delegation that will attend the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
 
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Kushner has been tasked with leading efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which have hit a virtual standstill. Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy, will also attend the ceremony, as will Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules Mnuchin and McConnell discuss debt limit during brief meeting Major Russian hacking group linked to ransomware attack on Sinclair: report MORE and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. 
 
Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem fulfilled a core campaign promise, but sparked anger across the Arab world. 
 
Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital for a future state, and decades of U.S. policy has said the status of Jerusalem should be decided in peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
 
If the president had decided to attend the ceremony, it could have amplified protests that are expected to break out around the opening. 
 
Still, Trump had left the door open to a trip just two weeks ago. 
 
“I may go. I’m very proud of it,” Trump said of the embassy during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.