Trump Says ‘May Go’ to J’lem Embassy Opening

WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Donald Trump prepares to board Air Force One as he departs for a Make America Great Again rally in Washington, Michigan, from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, April 28. (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

President Donald Trump said Friday that he rejected a plan to spend $1 billion on the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and plans to do it for less than half a million dollars instead.

He said at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he “may go” to the embassy opening May 14.

Trump says he had started signing his name to a proposal when he noticed the eye-popping $1 billion figure. He says he called it off. Trump says U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told him it could be done for a mere $150,000.

Trump says he didn’t want to go that low and approved spending $300,000 or $400,000 instead.

Rather than build a new building, the U.S. is retrofitting a small part of an existing American consular facility so the embassy can open quickly.

At the press conference, Trump also said tht he’ll make sure Iran does not use nuclear weapons, adding, “You can bank on it.”

The president was asked if he would use military force to reign in Iran’s nuclear program, if the U.S. drops out of the international nuclear deal with Iran.

Trump said he won’t discuss the use of military force, but he added: “They are not going to be doing nuclear weapons. You can bank on it.”