While standing alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, US President Donald Trump said that he “may go” to Jerusalem for next month’s embassy opening. He stressed that he is “very proud” of the embassy transfer and that even though his predecessors promised to do it, they “never had the courage to carry it out.”
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On Friday, US President Donald Trump said that he might travel to Jerusalem next month for the American embassy opening. Trump made this remark at a press conference following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House.
“I may go,” Trump said after a Christian Broadcasting Network reporter asked him who would be in Jerusalem for the ceremony. “Very proud of it.” Trump added that he almost signed the original embassy construction proposal, which stood at $1 billion. However, when he noticed the large figure, he called American envoy to Israel David Friedman, who said that the construction could be done for much less.
“The embassy in Jerusalem has been promised for many, many years by presidents,” Trump stated. “They all made campaign promises and they never had the courage to carry it out. I carried it out.”
Also at the press conference, Trump vowed that he would not let Iran develop a nuclear weapon. “I don’t talk about whether or not I’d use military force. It’s not appropriate to be talking about. But I can tell you this, they will not be doing nuclear weapons, that I can tell you,” the president said. “They’re not going to be doing nuclear weapons. You can bank on it.”
In January, Trump waived US sanctions against Iran but warned that it was the “last time” he would be doing so if the Iranian nuclear deal’s “terrible flaws” are not fixed. As the May 12 deadline for changes in the deal approaches, America’s European allies who signed the deal with the US are urging Trump to remain in the deal.
Earlier this week, Trump met with his French counterpart in Washington. Before their meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Fox News about the deal. During the interview, he stressed that there is no “plan B” if the agreement is annulled. “My point is to say don’t leave now the JCPOA as long as you have not a better option for nuclear, and let’s complete it with ballistic missile and regional containment,” he told Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, referring to the nuclear deal by its official acronym.