Trump will not attend opening of Jerusalem embassy

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to attend embassy opening in president's stead.

Gary Willig ,

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US President Donald Trump will not attend the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem next week, it was confirmed Monday.

The president's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, will attend the ceremony in the president's stead on May 14.

The US delegation to the embassy opening will be led by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, and will include US Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman, Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, and US Special Representative Jason Greeenblatt.

Trump may be busy dealing with the fallout of his decision on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, which must be made by May 12, two days before the opening of the embassy.

Trump announced the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel's capital of Jerusalem in December.

Other nations will follow the US in opening embassies in Jerusalem this month. The Guatemalan embassy will open on May 16. Today, it was announced that outgoing Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes will visit Israel to open the Paraguayan embassy in Israel at the end of the month.