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McMorris Rodgers, Labrador support Trump decision on Jerusalem

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., listens during a news conference at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. McMorris Rodgers joined other Republicans in applauding President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Matt Rourke / AP)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., listens during a news conference at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. McMorris Rodgers joined other Republicans in applauding President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Matt Rourke / AP)

Two Republican members of Congress who represent the Inland Northwest said they support President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said she believes the U.S. Embassy, now in Tel Aviv, should be moved to the city “as soon as possible.”

“Israel is our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East, a country whose history and culture are at the center of our civilization,” she said in an email. “We must stand by Israel with unwavering resolve to fulfill the promises and dreams of our parents, grandparents and generations long past.”

In a post on Facebook, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, applauded the decision.

“This is another example of President Trump keeping his campaign promises, supporting our allies, and bringing common sense to our foreign policy,” Labrador wrote. “Jerusalem has been, and always will be, the capital of the State of Israel.”

Democratic and Republican senators from Washington and Idaho did not immediately respond to requests for reaction to Trump’s announcement.

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