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TRUMP TOWN? New Jerusalem Neighborhood May be Named After Trump

TRUMP TOWN? New Jerusalem Neighborhood May be Named After Trump”

During a joint press conference Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared less than amused as President Donald Trump went off on a lengthy story about how he negotiated a lower price for the United States Embassy set to open in Jerusalem next month.

The us President stressed that he considers the "ideal" location of the Embassy of the Arnon in West Jerusalem. That same day, Trump announced that he planned to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

But Guatemala and the Czech Republic followed Trump's lead with plans to move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and other nations have done the same. In addition, Trump's newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Israel, as well as Jordan and Saudi Arabia, on his first foreign trip on the job this weekend.

"The papers were put before me to sign an application for more than $1 billion to build an embassy", Trump said.

"It is going to be attractive".

He urged countries that do not recognize the state of Palestine to do so with East Jerusalem as its capital, and to support Palestine's accession to worldwide organizations.

Trump said he had nearly signed off on a proposal to build a new $1 billion embassy but baulked when he considered the cost. The president said he spoke with his ambassador and favored the option to open the embassy in a section of an existing building, for $150,000.

"I had my name half signed, then I noticed the figure and I didn't". But he added that he stopped short mid-signature - after jotting "Donald" but before "Trump" - when he realized the cost was too high. "They were going to spend a billion dollars and we're going to spend much less than half a million dollars".

Preparations for the construction of a new embassy quarter in Jerusalem have kicked off in Israel, with the relevant top officials being ordered to start the planning process, The Jerusalem Post reported citing Israeli Construction Minister Yoav Gallant.

"We have a great site".



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