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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's move to recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have triggered a worldwide chorus of critics but the president had his ears closely tuned to his supporters at home.  For Trump, the proclamation was an important way to make good on a pledge to his political base, which includes evangelical Christians and pro-Israel Republicans eager for such a move. The president declared Wednesday that "today, I am delivering."  Those were words to savor for a president who's been frustrated to see a number of key campaign pledges stalled or slowed - sometimes by a bitterly divided Congress, some by larger national or international concerns.

President Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel caps months of urging from some influential advisers. Those encouraging Trump to take the position include Vice President Mike Pence and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson. The president made the declaration despite widespread criticism from allies in the Middle East and Europe, and concerns from some members of his own Cabinet.      According to two advisers familiar with Trump's thinking, the president was drawn to the idea of breaking with presidential precedent and issuing an order that both his predecessor Barack Obama and previous Republican presidents were reluctant to give.

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