May 11, 2018

Trump will greet Jerusalem embassy opening by video

President Trump visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump will record a video greeting for the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in a briefing to reporters. He stressed that moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a U.S. interest and not part of any "Give and take" with Israel.

Details: 800 Israeli and American guests will participate in the ceremony, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, deputy secretary of state John Sullivan, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

The big picture: Trump's December 6th Jerusalem announcement and the moving of the embassy on Monday created a deep rift between the U.S. and the Palestinians. The Palestinian leadership is boycotting the White House for 5 months now and President Abbas publicly attacked different U.S. officials, including Trump himself.

Friedman said he thinks the moving of the embassy will be positive for the peace process in the long term because any future peace talks will take place "based on reality and not on fantasies".

He added:

"The Palestinians had over the last 25 years veto power over the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. It didn't help at all to make progress in the peace process. The moving of the embassy will make it clear to the Palestinians that the world is moving forward and circumstances change and they should get on board before it overtakes them".  

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Deadly clashes erupt in Delhi ahead of Trump's visit

Rival protesters over the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi, India, on Monday. Photo: Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for calm Tuesday as deadly clashes erupted in the city's northeast between supporters and opponents of India's controversial new citizenship law.

Why it matters: Per the BBC, a police officer and six civilians "died in the capital's deadliest day" since last year's passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act — which allows religious minorities but excludes Muslims from nearby countries to become citizens if they can show they were persecuted for their religion — hours before President Trump and members of the U.S. first family were due to visit the city as part of their visit to India.

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South Carolina paper The State backs Buttigieg for Democratic primary

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Pete Buttigieg speaks at an event in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina newspaper The State endorsed former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday night for the state's Democratic primary.

Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.

White House requests $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus as U.S. cases rise

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.

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to 53.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,699 people and infected more than 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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