President Trump signed a waiver Thursday that delays his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the White House said Thursday.
Trump’s waiver suspends the move under the Jerusalem Embassy Act for six months. The law, passed in 1995, required the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem by the end of the 20th century, or else the State Department’s building budget would be cut in half.
However, the law allowed the president to sign six-month waivers if it did not serve the national interest to move the embassy. Every president since the bill became law — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump — all signed waivers.
During the campaign, Trump promised to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He maintained that promise up until the night before the election when he told a Times of Israel reporter, “You know I’m not a person who breaks promises.”
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