Trump Still Undecided on U.S. Embassy Move One Day Before Waiver Expires

President Donald Trump Canadian Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The Times of Israel reports: WASHINGTON — With one day before the deadline, US President Donald Trump has not yet decided whether he will sign a waiver that would delay moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for six months, the White House announced Tuesday.

Asked if the president had made a determination, Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered a one-word answer to reporters: “No.” He later added that, “Once we have a decision, we’ll let you know.”

A 1995 law mandates the relocation of the embassy, but provides the president with the prerogative to postpone the move on national security grounds. Each of Trump’s three immediate predecessors — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — repeatedly exercised that right. The most recent waiver, signed by Obama, expires on June 1. If it is not signed by then, the US government will be legally obligated to proceed with moving the embassy.

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