The idea of relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, has received some increased attention since the U.S. abstention on the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel vote. 

This week, multiple senators joined together to introduce legislation to cut State Department funding until the embassy is moved.

State Department spokesman, John Kirby, was questioned over whether or not the State Department would aid the incoming administration in planning the relocation.

The Washington Examiner reports – “The short answer is no,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “You have one president at a time.”

Obama’s team invoked that axiom to justify high-profile foreign policy actions in recent weeks, notably his decisions to sanction Russia over the election year cyberattacks and to allow the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement construction. Kirby’s statement extended that principle to barring any aid in helping the Trump team prepare to move the United States embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the nation’s capital.

“If the next administration wants to move forward, that’s certainly their prerogative but under President Obama — and he’s still president of the United States — we don’t support that and we at the State Department here wouldn’t support efforts to move in that direction while we’re still in office,” Kirby said.

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