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President Trump Breaks Campaign Promise, Will Keep Israel Embassy in Tel Aviv (UPDATED)

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President Donald Trump granted a six-month waiver on a law requiring that the U.S. embassy in Israel be moved to Jerusalem, thus breaking a promise from his 2016 presidential campaign.

The Associated Press spotlighted the development in a Thursday report. The press agency noted that “Trump was facing a Thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the State Department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities. Presidents of both parties have renewed the waiver every six months for years.”

There had been speculation surrounding the possible move of the American embassy for months. Three days after the President Trump’s inauguration, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough cited an anonymous source and reported that the diplomatic post would not be immediately moved as promised.

Israeli news outlets had reported in early May that Mr. Trump would sign the six-month waver, and that “senior U.S. sources had informed the Israeli government” about the planned move.

The President recently visited the Middle Eastern country, but also stepped into a controversy related his leak of intelligence from the Israelis to Russia.

(Update, Thursday, 12:10 pm Eastern: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement and expressed his disappointment in President Trump’s waiver.)

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