Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer praised President Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem Monday, calling the historic move “long overdue.”
The Senate’s top Democrat released an official statement to coincide with the opening of the embassy; echoing comments made by President Trump to Israeli and US dignitaries gathered for the event.
“In a long overdue move, we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital,” said Schumer. “I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it.”
The embassy’s opening comes as Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza; leaving at least 37 demonstrators dead as over 35,000 gathered at the heavily fortified border to protest the embassy’s relocation.
The event coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Jewish State, founded in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.