White House officials said Sunday that they are having preliminary discussions about plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and, separately, that President Trump will not release his tax returns.
The statement about officials being at the “very beginning” of discussions on possibly moving the embassy follows reports in Israeli media that Trump had imminent plans to announce the move.
Trump, who has said he would move the embassy to Jerusalem, is scheduled to speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone Sunday afternoon.
Previous presidential candidates also have promised to make the embassy move. But presidents have avoided following through on that pledge in part because of concerns that it would inflame tensions in the Middle East.
In addition, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that Trump won’t release his returns, appearing to shut the door on a decades-long tradition of transparency.
Every president since 1976 has released their returns. During the campaign, Trump refused to make his filings public, saying they were under audit by the Internal Revenue Service and saying he'd release them after that review is complete.
Conway was asked Sunday about a petition on the White House website signed by more than 200,000 people calling for Trump to release his returns.
"The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns," she said on ABC’s “This Week.” "We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care."
However, polls appear to show a majority of Americans want Trump to release the returns.
Source: Fox News