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Trump can go to the opening of the Embassy in Jerusalem

Trump can go to the opening of the Embassy in Jerusalem

During a joint press conference Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared less than amused as President Donald Trump went off on a lengthy story about how he negotiated a lower price for the United States Embassy set to open in Jerusalem next month.

None of previous US presidents, who had promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds while running for election, could deliver on their promises.

The president also repeated his claim that he had been prepared to sign his approval for a $1 billion embassy construction project in Jerusalem.

Trump's former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, announced last year that constructing a new embassy in Jerusalem would take years, and probably won't be done within Trump's first term in office.

The Trump administration's announcement in February that it would shift the American embassy from Tel Aviv deepened anger across the Arab world, particularly among Palestinians who see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

"The papers were put before me to sign an application for more than $1 billion to build an embassy", Trump said.

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She said that there will be no change on the European Union position on Jerusalem, which considers the holy city capital of the two states, Palestine and Israel, and whose future will be determined by the concerned parties through negotiations.

Trump said that the embassy at the renovated location "will be somewhat temporary, but it could be for many years, because by the time they build it the other way it's going to be many, many years".

"I had my name half signed, then I noticed the figure and I didn't".

He said that he called David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, and discussed the expenditure. But he added that he stopped short mid-signature - after jotting "Donald" but before "Trump" - when he realized the cost was too high. I said, 'What?' He said, 'I can build it for Dollars 150,000, the embassy.

The White House issued an official statement December 6 declaring that "it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".


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