Other members of his Cabinet were more forthcoming.
Here's the crux of the problem.
What do you do when the president and secretary of state of your main ally, Barack Hussein Obama and John Kerry of the blessedly expired previous American administration, doubt Israel's sincerity in maintaining calm on the Temple Mount and cast aspersions on the defensive measures taken by the Israel Police and the IDF in retort to Palestinian terrorism - when in fact Israel has super-studiously (and I think too diligently) maintained the status quo on the Temple Mount, and its security forces have acted with ultra-restraint in response to Palestinian atrocities?
International leaders, however, swiftly criticized Trump's plan.
"Numerous evangelicals like me are less enamored of the recent romance between the church and Republican politics, and worry about moving the U.S. embassy".
Israel and the United States consider Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2007, a terrorist organisation. Russia, a key Mideast player, expressed its concern about a "possible deterioration".
Other close Western allies of Washington, including France and Britain, have been critical of Trump's move. Their status remains to be resolved. "We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital", she said in a statement. Hamas does not recognise Israel's right to exist and its suicide bombings helped spearhead the last intifada, from 2000 to 2005. He will continue to sign the waiver until preparations for the embassy move are complete. In Gaza, protesters burned posters of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Israeli and American flags.
"President Trump has immortalized himself in the chronicles of our capital".
Haniyeh, elected the group's overall leader in May, urged Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs to hold rallies against the U.S decision on Friday, calling it a "day of rage".
And at worse it could lead to serious violence in many parts of the region.
"His stated desire for doing the 'ultimate deal' is now a casualty of his own policy naivete", Kurtzer said. But he must understand from his friends in the region that this will cause chaos. But the international community - apart from the US - is united in saying recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is disastrous for any hopes of reviving meaningful talks.
The Israeli government will be thrilled. Israel's security is sacrosanct.
The first document also laid out talking points for officials at the US Consulate General in Jerusalem, the US Embassies in London, Paris, Berlin and Rome and the US mission to the European Union in Brussels.
Re "Trump flouts warnings, formally recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel" (Dec. 6): While, at the very end of this article, the AP seemed to reluctantly admit that this move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was required by U.S. law, it failed to mention that the law dated to 1995 and was passed by huge margins and signed by President Clinton. "The whole Arab and Muslim world should support it".
Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state they seek.
"What struck me is that Trump supposedly got 81 percent of the white evangelical vote and he now has 72-percent approval, which means that white evangelicals are still tracking roughly what they voted", Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told reporters during a panel discussion about the newly released survey.