President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE reportedly did not completely grasp the issue of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, several advisers told The Washing Post.
Trump wanted to seem “pro-Israel” and focused on “making a deal,” two advisers told The Post.
According to the Post, some administration officials voicing their support for the decision included Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence allies worried he’ll be called to answer questions from Mueller: report Trump thought it was ‘low class’ for Pence to bring pets to VP residence: report Pence told RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after ‘Access Hollywood’ tape came out: report MORE and adviser Jared Kushner.
Others, though, advocated against the move, including secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonOvernight Defense: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital | Mattis, Tillerson reportedly opposed move | Pentagon admits 2,000 US troops are in Syria | Trump calls on Saudis to ‘immediately’ lift Yemen blockade Trump has yet to name ambassadors to key nations in Mideast Mattis, Tillerson warned Trump of security concerns in Israel embassy move MORE and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy there.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said during a speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.
Trump has vowed to broker a historic peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians. On Wednesday, he said he will try to resolve one of history’s oldest conflicts his way, arguing that past approaches, such as delaying the recognition, have not worked.
“It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” he said, calling his announcement “a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and work towards a lasting agreement.”
Arab and European leaders warned that formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would push Middle East peace talks further off track.