Trump: I might attend Embassy opening in Jerusalem

U.S. President says he still may attend opening of Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14.

Elad Benari, Canada,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he might attend the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem has been promised for many years. [Past presidents] have all made campaign promises, but never had the courage to do it. So I might go," he said at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump added that the original plan for relocating the embassy was supposed to cost $1 billion, and that he rejected signing it because of the price. He added that U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman pitched a plan thereafter that would cost just $150,000, and that the two eventually agreed on a plan that will cost American taxpayers between $300,000 and $400,000.

The historic move of the Embassy is scheduled for May 14, the date on which the State of Israel was established in 1948.

A report in March said Trump would not attend the opening of the Embassy in Jerusalem due to scheduling conflicts.

Preparations for the move are nearly complete. The new Embassy will be an interim facility in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, converting what is currently used as an American consulate into a temporary embassy.

The new Embassy will house Ambassador Friedman's office, and a small portion of the staff currently located at the embassy in Tel Aviv.

A report last week claimed that Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner would represent the administration at the Embassy's opening ceremony.

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