Foreign Relations Democrat: Trump Jerusalem move not done in 'the right diplomatic way'

Foreign Relations Democrat: Trump Jerusalem move not done in 'the right diplomatic way'
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Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinProposed bipartisan kidney legislation takes on kidney disease epidemic in America Lawmakers raise security concerns about China building NYC subway cars House votes to boost retirement savings MORE (D-Md.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE’s announcement about Jerusalem was not done “in the right diplomatic way.”

During an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Cardin said that while Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, Trump should have made the move regarding the holy city in a way that could push the peace process forward between Israelis and Palestinians.

“So I think the announcement itself was not anything that is news,” Cardin told ABC's Martha Raddatz. 

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“But what the president should have done — is done it in the right diplomatic way, and there I think he did not," he said. "It should have been done in a way to advance the peace process for a two-state solution.”

Trump last week announced that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, a move delayed by multiple presidents. He also said he would direct the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But the president signed a six-month waiver putting the embassy move on hold.

Still, Cardin argued Jerusalem is in fact Israel’s capital, noting all of its governmental bodies are located in the city.

“As has been pointed out, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” he said.

East Jerusalem was captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and was not part of the original lines drawn for Israel in 1949. Many in the international community see this part of the city as occupied territory, while Palestinians hope to make it the capital of a future independent state.