Leahy: Trump announcement will scuttle Middle East peace efforts

Sen. Patrick Leahy/File

WASHINGTON (WCAX) Vermont's congressional delegation is reacting to President Trump's announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In a statement, Sen. Patrick Leahy said using campaign promises to score political points rarely makes good foreign policy, and that the move makes the "already distant goal of peace in the Middle East that much harder to reach."

The president instructed the State Department to begin the multiyear process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city of Jerusalem, which Palestinians also lay claim to.

The announcement has brought warnings from leaders in the Mideast and around the world.