41 deaths and 128 angry countries: The true cost of Trump’s bargain embassy in Jerusalem

Jerusalme Embassy

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are in Jerusalem today to inaugurate the US’s new embassy. The embassy was moved from Tel Aviv, a controversial change as Jerusalem is claimed as a capital by both Israelis and Palestinians.

Donald Trump announced the move in December 2017. The US president has since highlighted the low cost of the operation, claiming he reduced the cost of building a new embassy from $1 billion to less than half a million, by temporarily adapting a pre-existing US government building. (The cost of eventually building a permanent embassy will likely be greater.)

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