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Trump says giving peace a chance before U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem: interview
October 8, 2017 / 1:31 AM / 12 days ago

Trump says giving peace a chance before U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem: interview

U.S. President Donald Trump descends the stairs of Air Force One using an umbrella in a heavy rain as he arrives for a fundraising event at the home of former New Breed Logistics CEO Louis DeJoy, in Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S., October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he wanted to give a shot at achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians before moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In June Trump signed a temporary order to keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, despite a campaign promise he made to move it to Jerusalem.

In an interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on the TBN program “Huckabee,” Trump noted his administration was working on a plan for peace between the two sides.

“I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” he said.

“If we can make peace between the Palestinians and Israel, I think it’ll lead to ultimately peace in the Middle East, which has to happen,” he said.

Asked if there was a timeframe for the embassy move, Trump said: “We’re going to make a decision in the not too distant future.”

Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by Diane Craft

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