‘Long overdue,’ Trump says about Jerusalem

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One at the White House, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Washington. Trump is traveling to New York for a fundraising event. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

[WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is previewing his announcement on Israel – saying at the White House that “it’s long overdue.”

The president isn’t offering details of the decision during a Cabinet meeting. But he’s expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instruct the State Department to begin the long process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump says “many presidents have said they want to do something and they didn’t do it.” He says he’ll be making the announcement later in the day.

Mideast leaders say Trump’s expected decision could lead to violent protests and complicate Mideast peace efforts.

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