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White House Non-Committal on Timeline for Decision on Potential Move of US Embassy to Jerusalem

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Photo: Screenshot.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Photo: Screenshot.

A day after announcing the new Trump administration was in the beginning stages of talks on the potential relocation of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a key campaign promise of President Donald Trump — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was non-committal about a timeline for the process.

At his first official White House press briefing Monday, Spicer declined on three occasions to be pinned down on specifics regarding the embassy issue.

“There’s no decision, we’re at the very early stages of that decision-making process,” Spicer said.

Later, he added, “It’s very early in this process…and his [Trump’s] team is going to continue to consult with stakeholders as we get there.”

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The third time around, Spicer said, “There is a reason you go through a decision-making process and that’s what we’re in the process of starting right now. So I just don’t want to get ahead of [it]. If there was already a decision, we wouldn’t be going through a process.”

Spicer also noted that Trump could use his executive power to move the embassy.

In their public statements following their phone call on Sunday, Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mention the embassy matter.

Watch the full Spicer press briefing below:

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