Trump Touts Saving $1B and 20 Years on Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

The exterior of the U.S. Embassy building in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv is shown.

President Donald Trump heralded his follow-through and coming in $1 billion under budget and 20 years ahead of schedule on moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a promise many presidents have made but not kept.

Trump remarked at Saturday night’s rally in Topeka, Kansas, how many American presidents had promised to move the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and didn’t do it. He said he doesn’t blame them considering how many leaders called up asking him not to move it. “I refused to take their calls,” said Trump, joking that he told aides to tell them he’d call those leaders back the day after he was set to order the move of the embassy. 

“The embassy, which was going to cost over a billion dollars, we built it for about $400,000,” Trump informed the crowd. “And the billion would have taken probably 20 years before you ever got to build it. And we took a piece of land we owned…and it had a building on it.” He described fixing it up and adding Jerusalem stone,which they got for “the right price.”

“It’s open now, we have our embassy,” said Trump to cheers from the crowd. “So we saved a billion dollars and 20 years and we have our embassy. We could do that with hundreds of things.”

“For years you watched as your leaders apologized for America and now you have a president who is standing up for America,” said Trump. “We’re standing up for your values. We’re standing up for Kansas and we’re standing proudly…for our great national anthem.”