House sets dead­line for Trump on an­tisemitism en­voy ap­point­ment

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By MICHAEL WILNER Jerusalem Post Cor­re­spon­dent

WASH­ING­TON – The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed a bill on Fri­day that would re­quire US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to ap­point a special en­voy to mon­i­tor and com­bat an­tisemitism within 90 days.

The leg­is­la­tion, which el­e­vates the po­si­tion to an am­bas­sado­rial level, re­ceived over­whelm­ing bi­par­ti­san sup­port in the House, with 411 mem­bers vot­ing in fa­vor.

The Se­nate must also pass the leg­is­la­tion and the pres­i­dent must sign it for the bill to be­come law.

Trump has re­ceived crit­i­cism within Jewish cir­cles and from civil rights ac­tivists for his fail­ure to fill the post. But sev­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials told The Jerusalem Post that the US State De­part­ment is in the fi­nal stages of choos­ing a nom­i­nee.

The last en­voy to serve was Ira For­man, un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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