Pence delays trip to Egypt, Israel because of USA tax vote

  • Pence delays trip to Egypt, Israel because of USA tax vote

Pence delays trip to Egypt, Israel because of USA tax vote

Instead, the trip will be rescheduled for the week of January 14, officials told reporters.

"The largest tax cut in American history is a landmark accomplishment for President Trump and a relief to millions of hardworking Americans", Pence's press secretary, Alyssa Farah, said in a statement.

The schedule shift comes after President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital prompted Palestinian officials and leading Muslim and Christian clerics in Egypt to refuse to meet with Pence.

The decision also came amid mounting tension in the region over President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. That move inflamed Palestinians and put a halt to the peace talks that Trump has tried to kick-start over the last 11 months. One landed in an Israeli community close to the Gaza border and damaged property but no casualties were reported initially, a police spokesman said.

Republicans, who hold a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate, can afford to lose just two votes while counting on Pence to break a tie.

A White House official told The Jerusalem Post that the tax reform vote "could possibly take place shortly before midnight on Wednesday, and it was not practically possible for the vice president to travel this week".

The timing of the vote made the trip tricky.

Pence's office said Monday the trip was being delayed so he can stay in Washington until votes on the tax cut legislation are completed.

"We ran into time constraints to get it all done before Shabbat", the official said.

The new date for the trip is January 14th, according to CNN.

Mr. Trump said that he had made a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital to keep a campaign promise, noting that several of his predecessors had vowed to do so, but never did.

An assessment is growing within the Israeli security establishment that Palestinian terrorist organizations will attempt to further escalate this rocket fire during US Vice President Mike Pence's scheduled visit to Israel this week. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also refused a meeting with Pence.