President Donald Trump will apparently not travel to Israel for the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Yerushalayim, according to a White House statement released on Monday.
Instead, the U.S. delegation to the May 14 event will include U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Pres. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter Ivanka Trump, who work as advisers to the president in the White House.
Members of the Presidential Delegation included: David M. Friedman, Ambassador to Israel; Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury; Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President; Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President and Advisor to the President; and Jason D. Greenblatt, Special Representative for International Negotiations.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not on the list.
Pres. Trump has left the question of his participation in the embassy opening in doubt for months, saying that he might come.
Although his name was not included in the presidential delegation, it did not say explicitly that he would not be coming, either. It appeared to leave open the possibility that he could decide to make the trip at the last minute, not as a member of the presidential delegation, but on his own, as the president.