Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today that moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem will likely not happen by the end of 2018, while stressing at a meeting in Paris the president's statements about not making a judgment on the final status of the city.
Every former president before Trump who made it their campaign promise to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital failed to deliver.
Later he said, "The miracle of Hanukkah is the miracle of Israel". "He's so happy with yesterday, that he doesn't care if I get it exact", the president said.
The holiday party came one day after the president's announcement that the USA will now observe Jersusalem as the official capital of Israel, and that the US embassy will be moved there from its current location in Tel Aviv. "We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and renew our enduring bond".
"People have been impressed by my stamina, but to me it has been easy because I am truly doing something that I love", Trump added at the time.More news: 'Bohemian Rhapsody': Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer as Director
But despite a dearth of decorations - or dreidels - Trump's Jewish grandchildren (the kids of Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner) lit a menorah.
The crowd at the event did not include any Democratic members of Congress or leaders of the Reform Movement, and many of those in attendance were Orthodox Jewish supporters of the President.
The president hosted Dutch holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israëls, who spent her first years in Amsterdam hiding from the Nazis.
Although the blessings he recited are traditionally said on the first night of Hanukkah, Rabbi Soloveichik noted, "We can say it now because of the joyous tithings that we have just received". "Her family could not light the candles that we're about to light this evening", Trump stated.