While President Donald Trump received plenty of criticism for the decision, especially from the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s own party, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said this week that he would not reverse the move of Israel’s U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Nevertheless, the candidate said that “doesn’t mean [Trump] did the right thing” by moving the embassy in 2017.
“Here’s the problem with what he did,” Buttigieg continued. “If you’re going to make a concession like that … you don’t do that without getting some kind of concession.”
If he wins, though, he doesn’t believe it would make sense to undo that controversial action.
“I think what’s done is done,” he said. “We need a big picture strategy on the Middle East; I don’t know that we’d gain much by moving [the embassy back] to Tel Aviv.”