Trump breaks campaign promise by not moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Trump has signed the waiver delaying the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Israel has claimed the entire, undivided city of Jerusalem as its capital after taking control of the eastern portion of the city in the 1967 conflict. But that claim, which is not recognized internationally, is disputed by Palestinians and neighboring Arab countries who want part of the city to serve as the capital for any future Palestinian state.

While the White House had signaled the president would sign the waiver, Trump repeatedly vowed during his White House bid to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a pledge welcomed in Israel.

In his statement today, Spicer said Trump made the decision partly to "maximize the chances" of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. The move would have likely sparked fierce backlash from Palestinians and across the Middle East.

"As he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens but only when," Spicer said in his statement.