President-elect Trump won’t get any help from the State Department in implementing Israeli-relation policies opposed by President Obama before his inauguration.

“The short answer is no,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “You have one president at a time.”

Obama’s team invoked that axiom to justify high-profile foreign policy actions in recent weeks, notably his decisions to sanction Russia over the election year cyberattacks and to allow the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement construction. Kirby’s statement extended that principle to barring any aid in helping the Trump team prepare to move the United States embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the nation’s capital.

“If the next administration wants to move forward, that’s certainly their prerogative but under President Obama — and he’s still president of the United States — we don’t support that and we at the State Department here wouldn’t support efforts to move in that direction while we’re still in office,” Kirby said.

Congress voted to move the embassy to Jerusalem in 1995, but the three presidents since then invoked a national security waiver contained in the legislation to stave off implementing the law. The prospect of relocation received fresh attention this week, as congressional Republicans are seeking to counteract the U.N. Security Council action that Obama declined to veto.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio introduced legislation that would cut State Department funding until the embassy is moved.

“It’s time for Congress and the president-elect to eliminate the loophole that has allowed presidents in both parties to ignore U.S. law and delay our embassy’s rightful relocation to Jerusalem for over two decades,” Rubio said Tuesday.

Trump can move the embassy to Jerusalem under current law even if that bill doesn’t pass, but Kirby argued such a move would “exacerbate tensions” in Israel and Arab countries and potentially put U.S. embassy staff in danger. “We think that putting it there in Jerusalem is not constructive and conducive to the peace process and because a move like that could exacerbate tensions,” he said.

He denied that a refusal to aid in the planning of the relocation would break Obama’s promise to cooperate with the transition team. “I don’t think that puts at risk a smooth transition,” Kirby said. “The transition is about giving them the context and information that they need to make their own decisions and not necessarily to move forward with decisions until they’re inaugurated.”

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