The President Broke A Campaign Promise

June 3, 2017 |

For those who think I defend President Trump no matter what, out of party loyalty or whatever: nope, I just call things the way I see them. Sometimes that means defending Trump because I think his actions are correct and the criticism of him is hypocritical, hysterical and purely partisan. But when I disagree with what he’s doing, I say so. And I must say I was disappointed in his breaking of a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the legitimate capital of Israel and to move the US Embassy there.

It’s claimed that Trump’s signing of a waiver to keep the Embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months (Congress approved the move to Jerusalem in 1995, and Presidents have been delaying it “by six months” for 22 years) is just a “bargaining chip” to give him more time to negotiate the move without upsetting Arab leaders. But frankly, anything we do that shows support for Israel will upset Arab leaders, so who cares? Besides, this doesn’t just show support for Israel, it recognizes reality.


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Like Charlie Brown hoping that Lucy won’t yank away the football yet again, we can hope this is the last six-month delay. But Trump had the perfect opportunity and platform to keep his promise and announce the Embassy move when he was in Israel and had just met with Arab leaders. It was a disappointment and a blown opportunity. That’s how I see it, and I’m calling it that way.

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  • rick glushakow

    06/09/2017 05:58 AM

    Thanks Governor Mike: As an American and an Israeli I appreciate your sentiments and your integrity. President Trump is much better than Hillary would have been (Thank God) and better that the Obamination ever was: but anything that can be done to motivate him to do the right thing is helpful. Of course Jerusalem is Israel's capital and we need to state it forthrightly. He should be the first President to recognize this and move the embassy. It will enhance his legacy in both this world and the next. Thank you again for all of your support. We love you when you come visit!

  • James Crowson

    06/09/2017 02:34 AM

    I oppose the delay of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and I hope in 6 months TRUMP fullfills his campaign promise by moving the U.S. Embassy to JERUSALEM. Only GOOD can come from it. God is watching and is waiting to see if we have the courage to take back His place in Jerusalem.

  • Bill Staigar

    06/08/2017 11:29 PM

    Trump is only six months, six months into his term. Yes, he went to Jerusalem and didn't move the embassy...Yet. I think he may be biding his time to make the move when it would be at a more significant time when the Arab world will take notice and finally realize that Trump just may be the real deal. Don't call it a broken promise yet, let's wait and see when he will finally say enough is enough in the Middle East.

  • Jeremiah Ward

    06/08/2017 10:45 PM

    Well said! All conservatives need to call out Trump when he breaks promises. Hold him accountable.

  • Danny Fye

    06/08/2017 07:21 PM

    "But Trump had the perfect opportunity and platform to keep his promise and announce the Embassy move when he was in Israel and had just met with Arab leaders."

    I think that because Trump had just met with Arab leaders AND the agreement he made with them is the reason why he balked at the opportunity to make the promised move at that time.

    I will give Trump a certain amount of the benefit of the doubt for now, and wait and see IF he uses a future opportunity to keep his campaign promise or not. He does have a huge load on his shoulders fighting the liar’s media while trying to balance what he ACTUALLY can and cannot do in this country AND the world!

    Campaign promises are easy to make while running but much harder to keep, if at all, once one is in the Oval Office. Until one steps foot in the Oval Office as President of the USA, one does not really know firsthand what it is like to walk in the shoes of The President of The United States of America! Like armchair quarterbacks, the rest are armchair Presidents!

    I do not blindly support President Trump, while at the same time; I do try to a certain extent, to give him the benefit of the doubt and you should too.

    www.thestoprock.com

  • Collin Meyer

    06/08/2017 02:02 PM

    I am a Christian and I think, Mike, you should get in touch with Donald Trump and ask to be a part of his team. You would be such an awesome addition to his administration!

  • Bob Eckard

    06/08/2017 01:56 PM

    I voted and supported Trump over a vile and evil rival. I am disappointed that he back peddled on this decision. The Presidents of the passed seemed to lack the grit to make the move. I hope President Trump will step up to the plate and make the move.

  • Lynda Schwemmer

    06/08/2017 12:03 PM

    I still think he will come through. Perhaps when he sees there is no hope of good faith negotiations with the palestinians.

  • Judy Anderson

    06/04/2017 04:23 PM

    I totally agree with your reason; Trumps campaign promises shouldn't weaver. Secondly, Biblically Jerusalem belongs to Israel .. it's their territory.

  • Liz Ham

    06/04/2017 11:18 AM

    There is a reason for Trump doing this, Mr Huckabee. Us not knowing is the hard one. He's an extremely intelligent man and there's a reason.... even if it's a "gut feeling"

  • Kenneth Brandon Covey

    06/04/2017 07:01 AM

    Yes you are right. President Trump should have moved our embassy immediately to Jerusalem. The reason is because Almighty God has said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. President Trump is listening to the wrong people. And he should have nothing to do with dividing up the land of Israel. God told the Jewish people to drive these people out and tear down their high places. I pray for our President that he will get revelation of this.

  • GEORGE THIESSEN

    06/04/2017 05:36 AM

    I TOTALLYAGREEWITHYOUMIKE A MISSED OPPORTUNITY CAPITULATION IS NOT RIGHT

  • Vicki Burke

    06/04/2017 05:02 AM

    Thank you for pointing this out to me. I am so glad that you're keeping an eye on everything in our country.

  • Marsha Barnett

    06/03/2017 11:37 PM

    He will revisit in 6 months. There is a lot of unrest. Hopefully he will do this. Let's give him more time please

  • Tina Nikolai

    06/03/2017 09:33 PM

    Hello, Governor Huckabee,
    I have a great admiration for you. I watched your show on Fox. I think perhaps it is easy for all of us great and small to become Monday night quarterbacks when it comes to games and politics. When we ourselves are not sitting in Presidents Trump's chair it is easy to judge when we perhaps do not know all of the facts. At times we only see the obvious but not the behind scenes that go into play at any one time. One thought is the first one seems right when he comes with his story but the truth follows after. A paraphrase from I believe is in Proverbs. God's blessings on you sir. All the best!

  • steve dunklee

    06/03/2017 09:29 PM

    He didn't exactly say when , he still has another 3 years. I am sure during talks with prime minister Netanyahu, and president Rivlin He discussed with them moving the embassy. There may be other issues at hand why he has delayed the move.

  • Daniel Small

    06/03/2017 09:15 PM

    Mike,

    I completely agree with your words. As a Trump supporter, I am happy to see the president making good on many of his campaign promises. It's a breath of fresh air. But, one of those campaign promises was to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, and he hasn't, yet. Let's hope the next 6 month interval will bring this important campaign promise to fruition.

    Keep up the good work!!

    Daniel

  • Jim allen

    06/03/2017 08:19 PM

    I agree. Since there will not be a recognition of Israel as an independent nation, it makes no sense to pretend that it will happen. A move of the embassy to Jerusalem would let not only Israel know that we back them, but it would let the Arab states know it too. Our equivocation only helps destabilize the Mideast.

  • Rita Gonzalez

    06/03/2017 08:11 PM

    I share the same disappointment. I'm not an American but I closely watch and monitor American happenings, especially politics partly because of how it deals with and impacts Israel. I do pray for POTUS and your country daily. I hope he listens to you and other godly and Biblically-grounded advisers with regard to this matter.

  • Jennifer Gaudet

    06/03/2017 06:31 PM

    I agre totally.

  • linda bertelsen

    06/03/2017 06:05 PM

    All I know is that once you get into office, there are insurmountable hurdles for everything you do. I feel our President has already fulfilled many of his campaign promises, even with all the venom directed at him,and he has been in office for a very short time. President Trump started working to do his best for America and Americans before he got into office. Many of us wanted the embassy move, me among them. We have to understand or try to understand the level of difficulty he is up against. I tell people all the time, I was trying to buy pizza for 6 people at work. Those 6 people all wanted something different, and would not come to an agreement...I was just trying to do something nice, and could not get them to come together. Of course this is nothing like what our President deals with daily, his decisions affect America, and the world. Important issues of which there are always multiple sides to look at, short and long term. I do not expect President Trump to be able to do everything, and the movement of the Embassy will definitely affect an already very volatile region.

  • Eli Vidal

    06/03/2017 05:37 PM

    It's sad but true. As an American Israeli citizen and a retired US police sergeant it hits home.
    He did promise to move it but made the concession not to. He broke a lot of American Israeli voters and a lot of his Israeli supporters.

    I hope he changes his mind.

    Have fun of the trip to Israel, I wish I could be there with you.

    God bless Mr. Huckabee

    Sarge????

  • Sharron Cottrell

    06/03/2017 05:36 PM

    I am very disappointed that President Trump did not move the Embassy to Jerusalem. I really thought he was really for Israel. Disappointed!

  • Pat Schrade

    06/03/2017 04:50 PM

    I agree. Let's just make the move and let the chips fall where they may. We will never be able to trust the muslim leaders......no matter what Trump does, the people of the US will find fault with it.

  • Sharon Dout

    06/03/2017 04:36 PM

    Don't you think that President Trump and BiBi talked this move over and decided that it would require a lot of security to keep it from being attacked if it was moved to Jerusalem??

  • Esther Rothenberg

    06/03/2017 04:28 PM

    I am in full agreement with you on this issue.

  • Carol Drummond

    06/03/2017 04:11 PM

    I agree with you. He said he was going to move the embassy, I hope he does!!!!! God will not be pleased if he changes his mind!!!!! ??

  • Phyllis Morgan

    06/03/2017 03:59 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I am disappointed as well. Let's pray that he will move our Embassy to Jerusalem in six months.
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  • Laura Leach

    06/03/2017 03:29 PM

    The President doesn't just "do what he wants to do." He acts on the advice and counsel of many. He researches. He studies the ramifications before making decisions. Period. He has access to much more information than any of us are privy to. So, yes, he broke a promise (at least for now), but I trust his judgment. That's why I voted for him. I am happy with the promises he has thus far kept and the fact that he is on the front line, fighting for our country every day. I'm not about to second guess him, but thanks for stating the obvious, Mike.

  • judy vangorp

    06/03/2017 03:27 PM

    i think you are 100% right thank you for speaking up god bless you .

  • Jim Roberts

    06/03/2017 03:20 PM

    You know what this is about.He is focused solely one thing when it comes to Israel right now and that is orchestrating the greatest deal ever peace with Palestine.He wants that more than anything and that will benifet Israel more than moving an embassy.

  • Judy Cotts

    06/03/2017 02:52 PM

    Have to agree with you Gov. Huckabee....just so glad that so far our disagreement with the president's actions are rare...thank the Lord for that surprising fact!!

  • Buck Wilson

    06/03/2017 02:29 PM

    Governor,I am also disappointed that he didn't announce the move from Tel Aviv.It was the perfect opportunity to tell the world,especially the Arab Nations, that America is still allied with Israel.

  • Buck Wilson

    06/03/2017 02:29 PM

    Governor,I am also disappointed that he didn't announce the move from Tel Aviv.It was the perfect opportunity to tell the world,especially the Arab Nations, that America is still allied with Israel.

  • Patricia R Hague

    06/03/2017 02:17 PM

    Thank you, Governor, did not know Congress had already approved this so long ago! I don't know all the reasons POTUS has delayed, but Arab appeasement seems most likely! About time we stand by our best ally, and honor our commitments!

  • Beverly Gladstone

    06/03/2017 02:14 PM

    While I agree he needs to move the Embassy, I think he may see more than we know about. I think just because he hasnt done it within the first year doesnt mean it wont happen. It will happen, but on God's time.

  • Darlene Askjem

    06/03/2017 02:06 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I do agree with you & feel so sad knowing how disappointed they are in Israel . I do believe it was Gods hand on Trump & why he won, so I pray & hope like you that this is the last 6 month delay. I have allot of respect for you & your views, & believe God can use a Christian man like you to sow a little word here & a little word there so hopefully we can see the fruits in due season.
    Best Regards,
    Darlene

  • Cheryl Wilson Denmark

    06/03/2017 02:02 PM

    IM NOT A DAMN ROBOT

    I'm disappointed as well. But
    considering all the things that he's juggling right here at the start maybe another delay is prudent. I want him to uphold his word and stand with Israel. I just want him to deal with it in the best way possible. I agree they're never going to like it but there are so many things on fire at one time I'm for giving him more time.

  • Carl Holder

    06/03/2017 02:01 PM

    Most Ayrabs will tell you there's no mention of Palestine in the Koran or the Bible so it don't exist so Ayrab should have no problem with this.

  • terrence roll

    06/03/2017 01:56 PM

    I've never been a fan of Trump. I support him when I think he is right and don't if I disagree with him. More often than not he has me scratching my head saying something like What the heck(don't usually use heck lol)....
    I still hope he is successful as a President- its rarely been good for the country to replace a sitting president or one who passed in office (I think only TR's replacement of McKinley could qualify)... but I still have most of the same reservations I have had from him since the campaign started...but I also appreciate the support to vets and police officers... not to mention a serious departure from his predecessor's foreign policy.

  • Starr Benefield Arthur

    06/03/2017 01:48 PM

    I agree with you 100 %, Mr. Huckabee. We have let our biggest ally down and the new president has broken his promise to Israel. No excuses, no reasons will suffice. When the US worries about upsetting our enemies, and our friends' enemies, after Congress has voted to move the embassy to Jerusalem 22 years ago, something is wrong with all these presidents. Where is the strength we expected from them for Israel's sake?

  • Joan Koester Ashley

    06/03/2017 01:34 PM

    He hasn't finished his Presidency! But then again, I am an eternal optimist!

  • Sean Sebourn

    06/03/2017 01:32 PM

    I agree 100%, Gov. Huckabee! He needs to forget about the Arabs liking us and support our Allies. Move to Jerusalem!

  • Jean Bozeman

    06/03/2017 01:32 PM

    I agree with you, Mike. So excited he pulled out of the Paris accord, but deeply disappointed about Jerusalem.

  • karen scott

    06/03/2017 01:28 PM

    I like that your honest and let us know when you disagree with President Trump. I don't think that anyone is going to like everything Trump does and that's fine. For me, he has far surpassed my expectations for getting things done quickly or at least trying to.
    But I have heard it said a few times now that Trump has broken one of his campaign promises and each time I ask myself, how could he have broken a campaign promise when he hasn't completed his term yet? I was under the impression that he had 4 years to get it all done. Am I missing something? Is there a timeline he is supposed to follow for getting things done?

  • Anne Coffman

    06/03/2017 01:19 PM

    GOD IS PATIENT WITH US. BE KNOWS THE FUTURE. HE GUIDES TRUMP. HIS PROMISE IS NOT BROKEN ,JUST DELAYED FOR GOOD REASON, TRUST IN GOD'S GUIDANCE. :)

  • Christie Richmond

    06/03/2017 01:15 PM

    I really miss your Huckabee report on the radio and wanted to say how proud you must be of your daughter. You would have been a great president and thank you for all you have done for this country and state. Keep it up please.