Dec 6, 2017

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, vows to move embassy

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital as Palestinians protest by burning representations of the American and Israeli flags. Photos: AP

President Trump announced Wednesday that he will officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy to the city.

"My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians," he said.

Trump signed a directive for the State Department to prepare for an embassy move to Jerusalem. This will include hiring architects to begin designing the structure as "a magnificent tribute to peace," he said. Senior administration officials said the process of relocating the embassy and its close to 1,000 employees will take at least three years.

The White House's take:

  • A senior administration official said the White House understands there will be some "noise" in the region in response to what the administration sees as a "historic, bold, courageous," but that the president has made his commitment to the peace-process clear. "We'll just roll up our sleeves and say, 'Let's get past this,'" the official said.
  • A second senior administration official: "We understand there may be a disruption in the short run, but it'll be helpful in the long run. It shows the president's credibility and that he means what he says, and will ultimately be helpful. We have done a lot of … listening and learning and building trust. Now, we're putting together our plan" for release some time next year.

Go deeper: White House lays out its plan to move U.S. embassy despite warnings from around the globe, and why the White House thinks this move won't kill Middle East peace talks.

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The year of the protest meets the year of the lockdown

Hong Kong demonstrators protest a government ban on face masks in October. Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images

The year of the mass uprising has collided with the year of the coronavirus lockdown, leaving protest movements around the world stalled. 

The big picture: The enduring images of 2019 are of protest — from Hong Kong to Khartoum, across the Middle East and through much of Latin America. Seemingly overnight, though, social distancing has made such mass demonstrations almost unthinkable.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 665,164 — Total deaths: 30,852 — Total recoveries: 140,225.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 124,665 — Total deaths: 2,191 — Total recoveries: 1,095.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump announces new travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but rules out quarantine enforcement. Per the CDC, residents of those states must now "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days," with the exception of critical infrastructure industry workers.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue a stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month and has moved its presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters who backed Trump's handling of the virus less than two weeks ago are balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Hollywood: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to U.S. after being treated for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Coronavirus updates: Global death toll tops 30,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 30,000 people around the world — with Italy reporting over 10,000 deaths, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. surpassed 2,000 on Saturday. The United States leads the world in confirmed coronavirus infections — more than 124,000 by early Sunday. The number of those recovered from the virus in the U.S. passed the 1,000-mark on Saturday evening.

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