Nihad Awad, executive director and founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), argued that President Trump is "empowering Christian religious extremism in the United States" by announcing his intention to move the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Donald Trump does not own Jerusalem. He does not own Palestine. He does not own one acre, one piece of soil of Palestine. What he owns, he owns Donald Trump's towers, and he can give away Trump Tower, but not Jerusalem to the Israelis. Donald Trump has been working hard to create controversy and headline news to distract the public here and around the world from his scandals in this White House surrounding the Russia probe," Awad said during a protest outside of the White House on Friday.

"He's trying to create controversy strong enough to distract the attention from the fact that he and many people in his administration have been dealing a blow to our national interests, to our systems of governance," he added. "He has been an embarrassment to our nation, an embarrassment to this White House and an embarrassment to our democracy."

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