Senator Schumer Slams Trump Over 'Indecisiveness' on U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

The U.S. Senate minority leader calls on the president to keep his campaign promise to 'show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel's capital'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, takes a question during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2017.
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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate minority leader criticized President Donald Trump on Tuesday for his "indecisiveness" on relocating American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. After Trump said over the weekend that he would wait to see the results of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks his administration is trying to promote "before I even think about moving the embassy," Chuck Schumer called on Trump to move the embassy "as soon as possible," in line with the president's campaign promise from 2016. 

 "This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, yet with 2018 fast approaching, the U.S. still hasn't moved the embassy or made clear its commitment to Israel's capital," the New York Democrat said in a statement.

He added: "President Trump's recent comments suggest his indecisiveness on the embassy's relocation. As someone who strongly believes that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel, I am calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be relocated to Jerusalem. Moving the embassy as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification and show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel's capital."

Schumer was a member of the House of Representatives when he voted in favor of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which called on the U.S. government to move the embassy to Jerusalem. The four U.S. presidents in office since that law passed, including most recently Trump, have used a presidential waiver to postpone the actual relocation of the embassy.

Trump promised multiple times during his presidential campaign not to use the waiver, but earlier this year he broke his promise, explaining that it was necessary to give a chance to peace talks with the Palestinians.

Schumer stated at the time that he was "deeply disappointed" by Trump's decision and wondered whether Republicans who criticized former President Barack Obama on the issue would find the courage to also criticize Trump about it.

Schumer and Trump have also feuded in recent days over the president's immigration policy after the Trump administration backed away from a deal the president and the Democratic leader had reached over the fate of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as young children.