Pence delays trip to Middle East

Pence delays trip to Middle East

From there he was scheduled to visit Israel before traveling to Germany to meet with USA troops stationed there.

Vice President Mike Pence is pushing back his long-planned trip to the Middle East, his office confirmed Monday, citing the vote on the tax overhaul legislation this week.

Pence's office said it made a decision to delay the trip to ensure Senate passage of the GOP tax bill, which is likely to keep the vice president in Washington past his scheduled Tuesday night departure. Instead, the trip will be rescheduled for the week of January 14, officials told reporters.

"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 official said.

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She added that Mr. Pence "looks forward to traveling to Egypt and Israel in January".

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As vice president, Pence presides over the Senate and would cast a tie-breaking vote in the case of a tie.

"The tax vote is still in very good shape, but we don't want to take any chances whatsoever", a senior White House official said.

The vice president's trip has been complicated due to the uproar in the Middle East over President Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A senior official said that high-profile protests of Trump's decision were not a factor in delaying the trip. The administration also announced plans to eventually move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Abbas' diplomatic adviser, Majdi Khaldi, said Abbas would not meet with Pence "because the USA has crossed red lines" with its decision on Jerusalem.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah faction had called for a massive demonstration to protest against Pence's visit.

The White House warned that cancelling the meeting in the West Bank would be "counterproductive", but Abbas has been under heavy domestic pressure to shun Pence following Trump's announcement.

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