US President Donald Trump tweeted “congratulations to all!” on Saturday ahead of the embassy move. Trump will not attend the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem but will record a message that will be played at the ceremony. A large Congressional delegation will attend the ceremony.
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US President Donald Trump mentioned the American embassy relocation to Jerusalem next week in a congratulatory tweet on Saturday.
“Big week next week when the American Embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem,” Trump wrote. “Congratulations to all!”
Big week next week when the American Embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2018
Though Trump will not be attending the opening of the US embassy, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner will represent the Trump family at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. The delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.
“With great joy, I am returning to Jerusalem. I am honored to join the distinguished delegation representing President Trump, his Administration, and the American people at this momentous ceremony commemorating the opening of our new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel,” Ivanka Trump posted on her Facebook account. “We look forward to celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary and the bright future ahead. We will pray for the boundless potential of the future of the U.S.-Israel alliance, and we will pray for peace.”
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman revealed on Friday that Trump will record a congratulatory message that will be played during the embassy’s opening ceremony.
Just a few days before the historic opening of the beautiful United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. So excited for the ceremony and proud of all the Embassy staff who worked so hard to make this event happen. Eternally grateful to President Trump for his courage and vision. pic.twitter.com/pGVENzJlBt
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) May 11, 2018
Friedman said to reporters that around 1000 people including a large delegation from Congress will attend the ceremony and added that the administration was glad to be able to open the embassy on a relatively small budget at the president’s request.
Referring to the controversy surrounding the opening of the embassy at its new location, Friedman stated that it was the US’s decision and that it is the US’s interest to move the embassy to Jerusalem, therefore Israel should not have to pay any price.
The ambassador also addressed Bahrain’s show of support towards Israel earlier this week and said it was important to see an Arab state shows such support for Israel’s right to defend itself against countries such as Iran.