White House National Security Adviser Explains Reasoning For Jerusalem Decision

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Let's get the view now from the White House. Michael Anton is spokesman for President Trump's National Security Council, and he's on the line now. Michael, good to speak to you again. MICHAEL ANTON: Thank you. KELLY: Let me put to you the question that we've been putting to everybody today, which you can actually answer. Why is President Trump doing this now? ANTON: There's really two answers. The narrow answer is that there was a statutory deadline in the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. But the larger and much more important answer is that for many decades, the United States maintained what one might term a polite fiction that it - the U.S. government didn't know where the capital of...

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