Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday reiterated that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the American embassy there if elected.
The comments were made in an interview to CNN hours before Trump was due to address the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. He later repeated the same comments at his AIPAC speech.
“There’s nobody more pro-Israel than I am. We have to protect Israel. Israel is so important to us,” he said in the interview.
Asked whether he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Trump replied, “Yes, I would.”
“The fact is I would like to see it moved, I would like to see it in Jerusalem,” he added.
The comments are similar to ones made by Trump in the past. In January, in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network, the real estate mogul was asked if he agreed with his rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio – who has since stepped down – in their pledges to move the embassy if elected.
“They want it in Jerusalem. Well I am for that 100%. We are for that 100%,” Trump said, in his first promise to have the embassy resituated in the 3,000-year-old capital of the Jewish people.