Tag: President Donald Trump

Conservatives cheer Mike Pence when he mentions Trump’s Jerusalem move

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence earned one of his biggest applause lines at an influential conservative conference when he cited President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Pence, speaking Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, outlined the promises that Trump has fulfilled his first year in office.

“America once again stands without apology as leader of the free world,” he said. “For decades after one president after another promised to move our embassy to the capital of our most cherished ally, on Dec. 6, President Trump made history when the United States of America…

Trump signs bill to extend disaster aid to houses of worship

(JTA) — President Donald Trump signed into law a bill to extend disaster assistance by Federal Emergency Management Agency to houses of worship.

On Friday morning, Trump signed a two-year budget measure that included the provisions extending assistance. The government had shut down overnight, as lawmakers were unable to agree on the larger budget bill.

Last month, FEMA adopted a policy to allocate disaster aid to houses of worship, reversing years of policy that excluded such aid. The law makes that policy permanent, as a future president could have reversed the FEMA policy.

Under previous rules, relief funds could not…

Chuck Schumer: Orthodox Jews should do more to call out Trump for failing to condemn neo-Nazis

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An otherwise congenial meeting between Jewish organizational officials and Democratic senators included a moment when Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said Orthodox Jews should do more to call out President Donald Trump for failing to confront hate in the United States.

Schumer, D-N.Y., described what he depicted as a tepid reaction to Trump’s equivocation following the neo-Nazi and white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

Members of the Orthodox group present at the meeting on Wednesday, the Orthodox Union, responded by saying that it and other groups had expressed concerns about Trump’s…

Trump: Jerusalem declaration is high point of my time in office

(JTA) – President Donald Trump told an Israeli newspaper that his Dec. 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was the high point of his time in office.

In the Hebrew-language translation of an excerpt from Trump’s interview with Israel Hayom editor-in-chief Boaz Bismuth, Trump said that both Israel and the Palestinians would need to compromise significantly to achieve peace. Trump was replying to a question on whether Israel would have to give something in return for the declaration.

Calling the city “your wonderful capital,” he added that its recognition as Israel’s capital was very important for many people whom Trump…

Donald Trump didn’t want Israel exporting medical marijuana. So it won’t.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has halted a plan to export medical marijuana for fear of upsetting President Donald Trump.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the plan to be frozen early this week despite support from the Health, Agriculture and Finance ministries, Hadashot news reported Wednesday evening.

Netanyahu told the heads of the ministries he ordered the freeze after receiving a call about the issue of exporting marijuana from Trump, who is against its legalization. The prime minister made it clear that he did not want Israel to be a pioneer in the export of medical marijuana in order not…