After President Trump made his official announcement to declare Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, one would expect that the State Department would back up the President’s choice, but instead, the acting assistant secretary for the Near East in the State Department would not officially declare the nation of Israel, reports The New York Post.

On Dec. 7th, David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary for the Near East talked to Matt Lee of the Associated Press about the decision Trump recently made.

The reporter asked, “what is the capital of Israel?”

“The president,” Satterfield said, “announced yesterday, issued a proclamation declaring the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”

“So,” said Matt Lee, “the answer to the question is Jerusalem — correct?”

“That’s exactly right,” said Satterfield.

“What country is Jerusalem in?” Lee asked.

Satterfield paused just a bit. “The president recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel,” he dodged, showing an ever-so-slight smile.

“Does that mean then that the US government officially recognizes that the Jerusalem municipality lies within the state of Israel?” Lee followed up and this is where the State Department leaves Trump.

That’s when Satterfield announced that “there has been no change in our policy with respect to consular practice or passport issuance.”

Which means that all Americans born in Jerusalem, it only says Jerusalem on it and not Israel. A case went to the supreme about a 15-year-old American boy named Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in Jerusalem in 2002 and is fighting to be able to claim the country of Israel.

Nathan Lewin, Zivotofsky’s lawyer, calls in the latest Jewish Press for the passport regulations regarding Jerusalem to be withdrawn. He hints at another lawsuit.

The New York Post, however, claims that if Zivotofsky wants an Israeli passport, all Trump would have to do is write one out himself. Maybe as time goes on and the State Department continues not to back Trump in his declaration, then maybe that is what Trump will have to do.

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  • PK

    There’s another one whose job will be lost, the jackass.

    • Barry McMiles

      One can only hope that it will not be too long.

    • Joe M

      Why doesn’t Trump just play it safe and fire the top 50 employees/appointees in all government agencies.

  • CharliePeters

    Trump-EPA Corn Fuel Volume Waiver for Clean Air and Clean Water

  • injunear1

    Fire the bastards in the State Department that do not follow Trump’s orders precisely! Their opinions don’t matter.

  • lenati

    You Go President Trump Sign this passport for this boy. I am sick of all these people knocking everything President Trump does & then they sit back & say he does nothing. GOD BLESS YOU PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP & YOUR FAMILY. MERRY CHRISTMAS & A BLESSED HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR.

  • rbblum

    Tax receipts has always been the focus of the federal government. When the focus shifts to curtailing expenditures, the State Department along with the Department of Education should be considered first in being eliminated . . . for the sake of reducing the national debt.

  • VanceJ

    What else is new ? seem’s to be a habit in DC.

  • Thomas L. Stafford

    Too many of Trump’s appointments were swamp creatures. It always confused me why he did not fire everyone he could immediately. It would be a good way to start cutting down on the size of government. Early retirement should have been offered to senior management as well.