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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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 Terner MnuchinWhy Trump can't make up his mind on China Five takeaways from PPP loan data On The Money: Trump administration releases PPP loan data | Congress gears up for battle over expiring unemployment benefits | McConnell opens door to direct payments in next coronavirus bill 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.