Differences in Dealmaking

Steve Bullock: I would keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Jerusalem

Matt AJ

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) speaks to the media before an event in Council Bluffs, Iowa on June 11, 2019

Speaking in Iowa on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock said he would keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Jerusalem.

According to CBS News, Bullock told reporters after the event that he would keep the embassy in its current location in Jerusalem “because it’s moved.” 

The Montana governor criticized the decision that led to the embassy’s relocation, saying “I wouldn’t have moved the embassy without getting something out of it.” Bullock also said the prospect of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians is “becoming much more difficult because of the actions of this administration.”

The Montana governor weighed in on foreign policy on his most recent trip to Iowa which included a visit to an ethanol plant. Bullock, who did not qualify for the June Democratic debate, is poised however to participate in July’s debate after narrowing meeting the DNC’s polling cutoff.

Bullock also expressed his dismay with the decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the 2015 Iran deal, which put limits on Iranian nuclear weapons development. “Look maybe you could’ve struck a better deal in Iran but you know what, Iran was allowing inspections. And maximum pressure has made it so our allies are even walking away from us,” said the Montana governor.

He previously said he wouldn’t re-enter the deal “word for word” but made clear he supported the deal and did not want to let “the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Bullock also added that he considered a nuclear Iran to be “a threat not just to the United States but to the security of the entire region.”

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