Trump Delays Embassy Waiver


President Donald Trump has not signed the tradition waiver on moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem despite a Monday deadline.

The Times of Israel quotes a White House spokesman saying,

No action though will be taken on the waiver today and we will declare a decision on the waiver in the coming days. ... The president has been clear on this issue from the get-go: It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

A Congressional mandate on moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was passed in 1995. The law allows the president to sign a waiver on the move for national security reasons.

Every president since has signed the waiver on a biannual basis.

Speculation has been rampant over the last several days that Trump is planning to either move the embassy and/or recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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