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Mattis and Tillerson told Trump that moving the embassy would endanger US diplomats and troops stationed in the Middle East and Muslim countries, The Associated Press reported.  Reuters also reported that Tillerson and Mattis opposed the transfer from Tel Aviv, citing US officials.
Trump made the announcement on Wednesday that the United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as the "political capital" of Israel and ordered the State Department to begin the process of relocating the US Embassy. UU there.
The measure will not come to cut The year more, the announcement is expected to provoke protests throughout Israel and the Middle East.
Tillerson, in a statement issued after the announcement, said that the safety of Americans is the highest priority of the State Department and that it "implemented" robust security plans to protect the safety of Americans in the affected cities "before Trump's decision.
He added that the State Department had" consulted with many friends, partners and allies before the president made his decision. "
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Tuesday told reporters that Tillerson had" left their clear positions to the White House "when moving to the Israeli embassy, but would not say yes the secretary agreed with Trump's decision.
Mattis also evaded journalists' questions on Tuesday while returning from a trip to the Middle East and Africa.  59006] The retired general of Four stars said they met with Trump "late last week" on the issue and that they both had an "open discussion" that "continued for a while."
"I gave the president what he thought. You have to look at the world in different parts and pieces as well. So, as you do that, you have to have a lot of information. I collected the information. I made my recommendation, and I'll leave it that way, "Mattis said as he flew from Kuwait to Washington.
The US government recognized the dangers for Americans abroad before Wednesday's announcement with warnings to its workers and citizens.
The US Consulate in Jerusalem on Tuesday ordered government workers in Israel to limit movement in the city to "essential travel and additional security measures" , due to "generalized calls for demonstrations that begin on December 6 in Jerusalem and the West Bank. "
And after Trump's declaration, the US Embassy in Jordan temporarily suspended routine public services for US government personnel and their families, citing possible demonstrations.
Trump's announcement "may provoke protests, some of which have the potential to become violent," the embassy said in a statement.
"Americans in Jordan are encouraged to keep a low profile and stay alert for events "
Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Robert Manning, said on Wednesday that Mattis is confident that all US embassies are adequately protected and that US forces will be safe. in case of negative reaction 19659027] When the journalists asked him if the Department of Defense had taken additional measures to protect even more specific embassies in the Middle East before Of the anticipated protests, Manning said nothing.
"Our embassies are protected for any situation, including the potential or the advent something happens here," Manning said.
Manning also refused to "talk about intelligence issues or how we are postulating our forces," and said he was not aware of any request from the White House to increase security measures around embassies in the region.