A day after media speculation over seemingly divergent statements on the timing of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem, U.S. media reported it would take place by the end of 2019.
On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters in India the move would take place "much faster than people think, within a year from today."
Hours later, Trump seemingly rebuffed the possibility in an interview with Reuters.
"By the end of the year?" Trump said when asked about it. "We're talking about different scenarios—I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We're not really looking at that. That's no."
The divergent statements sparked Israeli media criticism of Netanyahu, but he wasn't buying it, insisting that Israel and the U.S. were tracking together on the timing of the move. There were reports that the US was considering "interim measures" for now.
By week's end, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times both reported the move will take place by the end of the following year.
According to the reports, the Trump administration will begin converting the U.S. consular building in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood to the new embassy, to be ready about two years after President Trump's official recognition Dec. 6, 2017, of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The announcement created a huge backlash, and a U.N. Security Council resolution rejecting the decision.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
AMAZING CHRISTMAS DEALS: (1) Buy A Set, Get A Set FREE on all Life in the Spirit Bundles. (2) Save 30%-60% on all Tote Bag plus Book Bundles. (3) Save 50% off Select Bibles plus receive a Free Gift. Visit the Charisma Store to view all our specials. U.S Residents always get FREE Shipping!
Help Charisma stay strong for years to come as we report on life in the Spirit. Become an integral part of Charisma’s work by joining Charisma Media Partners. Click here to keep us strong!