On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) revealed that he pushed President Donald Trump to declare Jerusalem as Israel's “undivided” capital, an action that other Democrats worried may derail peace negotiations.
Schumer, who previously called on Trump to move the United States's embassy to Jerusalem, joined Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in supporting recognition for a city that the international community considers unsettled.
“I believe that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, so to me, that's not news,” Cardin told The Weekly Standard.
Schumer's comments came on the same day that senior administration officials confirmed Trump would not only move the U.S. embassy but also officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Trump is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday amid Arab leaders' concerns that his decision could threaten regional peace and stability. Noting “widespread calls for demonstrations,” the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem restricted travel for U.S. government employees on Wednesday.
Cardin reportedly cautioned that Trump needed to deliver his announcement “in a way that advances Israel's security and peace in the region.”