Evangelicals: The Real Reason behind Trump's Jerusalem Move

Lucy Bush
December 11, 2017

Former President George W. Bush released his first medical records as president on August 4, 2001 and former President Obama released his records for the first time on February 28, 2010.

US President Donald Trump has called for calm and moderation in the Middle East, the White House said today, amid reports of clashes in the region following his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Mr. Trump began his remarks retelling the story of Hanukkah before congratulating the Jewish faithful in attendance for his decision one day earlier.

"Well, I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room", Trump said to the guests gathered.

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Trump lit a menorah with his Jewish grandchildren, whom he briefly mentioned in his speech.

An intense and sustained push by US evangelicals helped drive President Donald Trump´s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel´s capital and eventually relocate the USA embassy there, activists said on Wednesday.

"I am also proud that my lovely grandchildren - Arabella, Joseph and Theodore - have joined us tonight right here as we celebrate with all of you the sacred traditions that they observe each year at home", Trump said.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is Jewish, was also at the reception, donning a kippah.

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In September 2016, during the general election campaign, Trump released a doctor's note that included some medical information.

Lawrence-Israels spent the first three years of her life hiding from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam, mere blocks from where Anne Frank was also hiding.

"The miracle of Hanukkah is the miracle of Israel", he said.

"I have no doubt that evangelicals played a meaningful role in this decision", said Johnnie Moore, a California pastor who serves as a spokesman for a council of leading evangelicals that advises the White House.

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