President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that he had reduced the cost of the American embassy in Jerusalem from $1 billion to a mere $250,000.
During an Oval Office meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, Trump revealed that he may attend the controversial embassy opening in Jerusalem.
Trump also asserted that moving the embassy to Jerusalem “gives us a real opportunity for peace.”
“We’re going to have it built very quickly and very inexpensively,” Trump revealed. “They put an order in front last week for a billion dollars. I said, ‘A billion! What’s that for?’ We’re going to build an embassy. I said, we’re not going to spend a billion dollars. And we’re actually doing it for about $250,000.”
Trump noted that the embassy he’s building is “temporary but it will be very nice.”
“$250,000 versus a billion dollars,” the president said, turning to Netanyahu. “Is that good?”
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‘Disaster and disgrace’: Regretful Trump voter disgusted by his handling of COVID-19 and race relations
Joe Biden has opened a four-point lead over President Donald Trump in Ohio, which the Republican won by twice that margin four years ago.
A survey conducted by Your Voice Ohio found the Democratic candidate leading Trump by 46-42, and Biden seems to be peeling off some of the president's past supporters in the state, reported the Columbus Dispatch.
White House suddenly orders ‘mandatory’ COVID-19 testing for presidential staff
White House employees will now be subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19, an official said on Monday.
In a statement to CNN's Jim Acosta, the unnamed White House official said that staffers working near President Donald Trump would be forced to undergo randomized testing.
"As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the entire White House Complex, randomized testing of Executive Office of the President staff, which has been ongoing for several months, will become mandatory rather than voluntary," the official said.
White House employees reportedly received an email Monday morning with a stern warning.
Thais ‘cast a spell’ for democracy in Harry Potter-theme protest
Dozens of mostly young Thais wearing striped "Harry Potter" scarves rallied Monday against the government, vowing to "cast a spell" for democracy as the nascent movement grows increasingly bold in targeting the powerful elite.
For more than two weeks, young Thais across the country have held near daily protests at universities and town halls to denounce the military-aligned government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
Some have also waded into sensitive territory in recent weeks by holding up placards opposing Thailand's lese majeste law, one of the world's harshest.
It shields the monarchy and its super-rich King Maha Vajiralongkorn from criticism, making open scrutiny of the monarch virtually impossible.