When asked about inter-agency coordination on the president's announcement and whether the State Department was prepared for the announcement, Palladino said that "Well-coordinated, and yes, we were prepared".
US President Donald Trump first announced in a Twitter post last Thursday that the US would recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which has been occupied since 1967.
On Monday, Trump signed a proclamation formally recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
The Golan Heights has been mostly under Israel's control since the country seized the territory during the 1967 Six Day War. While Israel adopted a law to annex the territory in 1981, the United Nations declared the move void, without any legal effects. In 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Israel to immediately withdraw its forces from the territory after the country organized local elections in the area on 30 October.