Mike Pence reschedules Middle East visit for January

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Speaking in Washington in October, Pence said the president had charged him with a mission to the Middle East to bring an end to the persecution of Christians there.

Trump said he had chose to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital to keep a campaign promise, noting that several of his predecessors had vowed to do so, but never did.

Pence will instead travel to the Middle East during the week of January 14 so he can be in the Senate for Tuesday's expected tax vote.

United State Vice President Mike Pence has postponed his controversial visit to the Middle East planned for this week but USA special peace envoy Jason Greenblatt is still coming, a White House official said on Monday.

But just a few hours ahead of departure, the White House announced that the Vice President would no longer be travelling to the Middle East at this time.

According to the office of the Vice President, Mike Pence has once again delayed his crucial Middle East trip where he was supposed to visit Israel and Egypt to shore up support for President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital earlier this year.

"The largest tax cut in American history is a landmark accomplishment for President Trump and a relief to millions of hardworking Americans", said Pence's press secretary Alyssa Farah.

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"There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine", Abbas' diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi said on Saturday.

A senior White House official said on Wednesday that Abbas' comments on the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is the kind of rhetoric "that has prevented peace for decades".

Senator John McCain's return home to Arizona to fight cancer has left Republicans with a razor-thin margin to push the legislation over the finishing line.

Officials denied that Pence's decision was motivated by a wave of deadly protests in the wake of Trump's controversial decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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

Pence was expected to travel to Egypt on Wednesday to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi before travelling to Israel.



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