On December 12th, 2019, the US Senate voted unanimously to recognize the Armenian genocide as a matter of American foreign policy. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), had been approved by the House last month and passed the Senate without objection.
Despite this rare show of bipartisanship, the State Department announced today that would ignore the bill and maintain the current US position.
The Senate measure was rejected by the State Department on Tuesday, with a spokesperson for the department indicating that US position on the matter did not change.
"The position of the Administration has not changed," said spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, in a statement to the Hill. "Our views are reflected in the President's definitive statement on the issue from last April."
If recognizing the Armenian Genocide is so popular that both Republicans and Democrats can unanimously agree to it, why has Trump rejected it? Alternately, if there are good reasons for the Trump Administration not to recognize it, then why did that reasoning fail to convince Congressional Republicans?