Cost of new Jerusalem embassy much higher than Trump’s estimate

The new US Embassy in Jerusalem will cost over $20 million — nearly 100 times President Trump’s original estimate, according to a report.

“We’re going to have it built very quickly and very inexpensively,” President Trump said of the embassy back in March. “They put an order in front of my desk last week for a billion dollars. I said, ‘A billion? What’s that for?’”

“We’re actually doing it for about $250,000,” the president said, before raising his estimate to between $300,000 and $400,000 at an April press conference.

Still, that’s a far cry from the $21.2 million it’ll actually take for Maryland-based company Desbuild Limak D&K to design and build an “addition and compound security upgrades” to the former consular building in Jerusalem — the embassy’s temporary location, ABC News reported.

Additionally, the government had already spent over $300,000 on initial modifications to the former consular building before it opened as the embassy in May.

A State Department official said the president’s estimate only factored in that first phase and not the second round of renovations.

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