US Department of State declines to comment on embassy move

December 5, 2017 22:17
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The US Department of State said it is primarily concerned with US citizens' "safety and security," but did not offer further clarification about a potential embassy to Jerusalem, Spokesperson Heather Nauert at a department press briefing today.

"As you know I'm not going to get ahead of the president on this," Nauert said. "I'm not going to speculate. The issue rests with the president." Nauert confirmed US President Donald Trump had "some calls," in addition to calls by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"I'm not going to characterize those conversations. The president will speak when he's ready to."

Nauert said the department is monitoring the situation closely and confirmed the State Department put out relevant information though its websites.

Asked whether Trump had a decision about the embassy move, Nauert responded, "I'm saying I won't get ahead of the president."

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