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White House Not Moving Quickly on Jerusalem Embassy

White House Not Moving Quickly on Jerusalem Embassy

Sean Spicer (left) answers John Gizzi's (right) question during Monday's televised news conference. (MSNBC)

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:22 AM Current | Bio | Archive

At Sean Spicer's first briefing as White House press secretary, he acknowledged the administration was "very early in this process" of moving the U.S. Embassy from Israel to Jerusalem — including the possibility of executive order to get the job done.

Spicer said as much when I asked whether the transfer of the embassy was something President Trump would consider achieving by executive order.

"It is," Spicer said. "But I think, as I noted, it is very early in this process. We're at beginning stage at this decision-making process. I think his team is going to talk with stakeholders as he gets there."

Questions about the embassy move, which has been discussed by presidents since Richard Nixon, are expected to be asked regularly as Spicer continues his daily briefings.

Trump made the pledge to move the embassy during his speech to AIPAC in March, without specifying a timetable.

"We will move the U.S. embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem," he  said. "I love the people in this room; I love Israel."

He reaffirmed that promise at a pre-inaugural event last week.

"Of course I remember what I told you about Jerusalem," he said. "Of course I didn't forget. And you know I'm not a person who breaks promises,"

The move could not take effect until expiration of a six-month waiver Trump's predecessor signed in December, which blocks the move until May.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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