At the conclusion of President Trump’s speech expressing United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and authorizing preparations for a move of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the President sat down at a desk near the podium and signed a document which he then held up for all of the media to see. And so, this author wondered what exactly he was signing.
This document was not alluded to in his speech, nor was there any subsequent comment about it by electronic media coverage of the speech.
Today, howvever, we found the following:
On Wednesday he focused on his directive to the State Department to begin a process of moving the embassy as required by U.S. law, however many years that might take. After his speech, he signed a proclamation to that effect.
2/ http://edition.cnn.com/ with the headline — Watch Trump Sign Historic Jerusalem Document:
….Senior administration officials have acknowledged it will take years for the US to build the new embassy in Jerusalem.
Trump ordered the State Department Wednesday “to begin preparations to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” noting his directive would allow the State Department to begin hiring architects and building contractors to build an embassy he said will be “a magnificent tribute to peace.”
3/ And finally, the caption shown in The Jerusalem Post, attributed to Reuters, beneath the above photo of President Trump signing the document:
US President Donald Trump displays an executive order after he announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, US December 6, 2017.. (photo credit: JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS)