Controversial pro-Trump pastor gives blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening

Robert Jeffress has a history of making controversial remarks about religion.

Jeffress, the pastor of Dallas First Baptist Church and a member of Trump’s evangelical advisory council, has a history of making controversial remarks about religion, policy and sexuality.

The White House invited Jeffress to participate in the opening of the embassy after it was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an invitation that was met with widespread criticism.

Jeffress responded swiftly to Romney, tweeting, “Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone. The fact that I, along with tens of millions of evangelical Christians around the world, continue to espouse that belief, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy.”

The relocation of the embassy marks a nearly three decade departure from U.S. foreign policy and has been largely regarded by evangelical Christians as a major victory for the Trump administration.

Ahead of the opening, at least 40 Palestinians were killed during protests that erupted on the border of Israel and Gaza. Kushner addressed the recent violence in his opening remarks, saying "those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution."

"The United States is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way that we can," Kushner said. "We believe that it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace, safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams."

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