Trump's Embassy Move Isn't Like Obama's Ephemeral Iran Deal Because It's Law

President Trump has many faults, of which I'm painfully aware each day. But not this day. Good Trump.

President Trump, in his inaugural address, uttered this line: "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people."

I doubt there is anything that this president has said more true than that. And the proof of it is how quickly Trump has dismantled President Obama's so-called legacy. Obama's legacy consisted of two years of complete control of Congress and the executive branch, and yielded Obamacare, which continues to plague us, because Congress refused to kill it. But all machinations Mr. Pen and a Phone made to prop it up are now for naught.

Obama's climate change agenda and Iran deal are no more because they didn't have the support of Congress. They were ephemeral ink blots made by a White House in collusion with a sycophantic press.

On the other hand, Trump's legacy is going to be very hard for a future president to tear down. Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was the will of Congress, which became law on November 8, 1995. It happened under President Bill Clinton, who did not sign the bill, or veto it.

Therefore, the Jerusalem Embassy Act has been the law of the land for nearly 23 years. President Trump merely complied with its main purpose. Here were the Findings from Congress in 1995:

The Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Each sovereign nation, under international law and

custom, may designate its own capital.
(2) Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital

of the State of Israel.
(3) The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President,

Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.

(4) The city of Jerusalem is the spiritual center of Judaism, and is also considered a holy city by the members of other religious faiths.

(5) From 1948–1967, Jerusalem was a divided city and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jewish citizens of all states were denied access to holy sites in the area controlled by Jordan.

(6) In 1967, the city of Jerusalem was reunited during the conflict known as the Six Day War.

(7) Since 1967, Jerusalem has been a united city adminis- tered by Israel, and persons of all religious faiths have been guaranteed full access to holy sites within the city.

(8) This year marks the 28th consecutive year that Jerusa- lem has been administered as a unified city in which the rights of all faiths have been respected and protected.

(9) In 1990, the Congress unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 106, which declares that the Congress ‘‘strongly believes that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected’’.

(10) In 1992, the United States Senate and House of Rep- resentatives unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolu- tion 113 of the One Hundred Second Congress to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, and reaffirming congressional sentiment that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city.

For any future president to undo what Trump did, in accordance with Public Law 104-45, these penalties will apply. Section 3(b):

(b) OPENING DETERMINATION.—Not more than 50 percent of the funds appropriated to the Department of State for fiscal year 1999 for ‘‘Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad’’ may be obligated until the Secretary of State determines and reports to Congress that the United States Embassy in Jerusalem has officially opened.

Section 7(b):

(b) APPLICABILITY OF WAIVER TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.— If the President exercises the authority set forth in subsection (a) in a fiscal year, the limitation set forth in section 3(b) shall apply to funds appropriated in the following fiscal year for the purpose set forth in such section 3(b) except to the extent that the limitation is suspended in such following fiscal year by reason of the exercise of the authority in subsection (a).

In other words, the next president can move the embassy out of Jerusalem, and lose 50 percent of appropriated funding for foreign embassies around the world. Or a future Congress can repeal the Act. This is the way our government is supposed to work. Trump has followed the law, while Obama invented royal fiats.

All the international hissy fits, cries of the anti-Israel press, and human wave attacks by Hamas on Israel's border security won't change the findings Congress made in 1995. It is our law, and finally, it has been implemented properly, and legally, by a sitting president who doesn't care what the elites of the world think of him.

This president has many faults, of which I'm painfully aware each day. But not this day. Good Trump.

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ArtCroft
ArtCroft

I'm not trolling. I'm giving genuine opinion. Christianity offers no answers to life. As others on this site admit few people (even Christians) read the Bible. Instead culture is what drives peoples thoughts, and christianity is just a facade laid over the top of culture. Thus Trump can do what he likes and evangelicals vote for him because they are more fearful than free. Skeptical Liberalism offers a more reliable paradigm than christianity through which to evaluate the world.

BillLommey
BillLommey

Why wouldn't SEC 7(a)(1)(2) apply for the next president?
Seems to me that the new President could move the embassy and invoke the Presidential wavier in SEC 7(a)(1)(2) which is what both Clinton and Bush jr did.

SEC. 7. PRESIDENTIAL WAIVER. (a) <<NOTE: Reports.>> Waiver Authority.--(1) Beginning on October 1, 1998, the President may suspend the limitation set forth in section 3(b) for a period of six months if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States. (2) The President may suspend such limitation for an additional six month period at the end of any period during which the suspension is in effect under this subsection if the President determines and reports to Congress in advance of the additional suspension that the additional suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.

SwordOfGod
SwordOfGod

To ArtCroft... I am sorry that is your experience and view of the church, Christians and God, but Christianity is ALL about grace and forgiveness. It does require repentance however. Don't try to replace God or make a false one... submit to the one true God and enjoy his love... it's your choice.

Praying that you meet a true Christian... Yes many that call themselves "Christians" are not.

Steve Berman
Steve Berman

Editor

Hey ArtCroft...you’re talking about God, no, about Christians, no about people, no, about God. Make up your mind. Regardless of your trolling, God is all powerful. Deal with it. Denial seems not to be working for you.

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