12/06/2017 — 

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after President Trump announced he intends to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem:

“On the heels of his anti-Muslim retweets, this is another diplomatic blunder and unforced error by President Trump. 

“Today’s announcement is counterproductive because the priority right now should be on reducing tensions in the region and working towards a two-state solution.  The timing of this announcement and the way it was unveiled could trigger a backlash against Israel and American interests and personnel overseas.

“This administration’s lack of a coherent Middle East strategy and its disorganized, disjointed decision-making process is concerning to our allies and the American people.  President Trump is making America less secure.”