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Pence postpones trip to Mideast, citing vote on tax bill

21 December 2017, 12:58 | Colleen Roy

Pence postpones trip to Mideast, citing vote on tax bill

Pence postpones trip to Mideast, citing vote on tax bill

Vice President Mike Pence's office on Monday announced it had been chose to delay his trip to the Middle East scheduled for Tuesday, to keep him available to cast the tie breaking vote at the Senate on the GOP tax reform bill. The visit, which was expected to take place amid the tensions surrounding Jerusalem's status, has been rescheduled for mid-January.

In October, Vice President Mike Pence, a forthright Evangelical Christian, expressed his intention to show solidarity with the Middle East's persecuted Christians before Christmas.

The White House announced Monday that Vice President Mike Pence is delaying a planned trip to the Middle East in case his vote is needed to pass tax legislation - a move that also comes amid uproar over the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This was the Trump administration's first Security Council veto, and all 14 other members supported the resolution, underscoring the USA isolation on the issue. "We have some senators who obviously can't make it there for the vote and the Vice President feels that it's important for him to be here for the largest tax cut in history".

"The vice president is committed to seeing the tax cut through to the finish line", she added. "The Vice President looks forward to travelling to Egypt and Israel in January" Ms Farah said in a statement.




The vice president had been scheduled to be in Cairo on Wednesday for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and was expected to arrive in Israel later Wednesday for a visit to the Western Wall.

Trump's decision countered an global consensus that Jerusalem's status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Aside from the protests, Palestinian, Muslim and Coptic leaders had cancelled meetings with the vice president, who had already trimmed the trip by three days. However, Pence's office confirmed on Monday that his visit would be pushed back again until January 2018, Politico reported.

The leader of Egypt's Coptic Church had already cancelled his meeting with Pence to protest the United States move.



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