Trump Hasn't Reached Decision on Moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Spokesperson Says

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a White House press briefing, May 10, 2017.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a White House press briefing, May 10, 2017.Credit: Susan Walsh/AP

Less than two weeks before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a highly-anticipated visit to Israel, his administration has still not reached any decision regarding his election promise to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - and has not indicated a timeline for when a decision will be reached.

Over the last weeks, contradictory press reports in Israel have indicated that Trump will either declare the embassy move during his visit, or to the contrary, not move the embassy at all. On Wednesday evening, White House Deputy Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, was asked about the issue in the daily press briefing, and did not provide a concrete answer.

"The president has not made a decision yet and is still reviewing that," she stated. When pressed on the issue once again, she repeated this answer, and added that "I'm not going to get into the decision making process here. All I can tell you is that he's reviewing it and as soon as he has a decision we'll be happy to report back to you." This has been the administration's official line on the issue ever since Trump entered the White House in January. 

Sanders noted that the White House wants the FBI to complete its investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election.

Sanders said that “we encourage them to complete investigation” so that it will be proven that “there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

Sanders said the White House does not think appointing a special prosecutor is necessary.

President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, amid an investigation into Russian ties to the Trump campaign and meddling in the 2016 election.

Sanders said Trump is meeting with Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe later Wednesday in the aftermath of Comey's firing, adding that the president will be discussing morale at the FBI. She said that rank-and-file employees of the FBI had lost faith in Comey’s leadership.

Sanders noted that Trump is willing to make a personal appearance at FBI headquarters if he feels that’s necessary and appropriate.

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