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Washington - Trump Condemns Holocaust Deniers, Anti-Semitism

Published on: April 25, 2017 01:54 PM
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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's "Days of Remembrance" ceremony in the  Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S,  April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri GripasU.S. President Donald Trump delivers the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's "Days of Remembrance" ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, U.S,  April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Washington - Pledging to confront anti-Semitism in all its forms and to “never be silent,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced as accomplices to “horrible evil” anyone who denies that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

In a speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump also pledged that as president of the United States he will “always stand with the Jewish people.”

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Trump spoke at a U.S. Capitol ceremony hosted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to mark the unveiling of a new conservation and research center. The center will serve as a repository for a vast collection of artifacts by those who survived Adolf Hitler’s massacre of Jews during World War II.

Members of Congress and Holocaust survivors — whose strength and courage Trump said was an inspiration — attended the emotional event in the Rotunda, the center of the Capitol. Survivors lit candles at the end of the ceremony.

“Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil and we’ll never be silent. We just won’t,” he said. “We will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again.”

Trump said Holocaust denial is one form of “dangerous anti-Semitism that continues all around the world” and that can be seen on university campuses, in attacks on Jewish communities “or when aggressors threaten Israel with total and complete destruction.”

“This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism,” he said. “We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act. As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel.”

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) looks on as Holocaust survivors light candles during the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's "Days of Remembrance" ceremony in the The Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, U.S April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri GripasU.S. President Donald Trump (L) looks on as Holocaust survivors light candles during the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's "Days of Remembrance" ceremony in the The Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, U.S April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Trump’s commemoration of the Holocaust follows a recent blunder by his chief spokesman, Sean Spicer, on the issue.

Spicer recently apologized for making what he later said was an “inappropriate and insensitive” statement earlier this month that compared Hitler to Syrian President Bashar Assad by suggesting that Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

The remark, which Spicer had made days after a chemical attack in Syria killed scores of civilians, ignored Hitler’s use of gas chambers to kill Jews.

The White House’s commitment to fighting anti-Semitism was questioned earlier in the year after it released a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that excluded any mention of the Jewish people, in contrast to similar statements from previous administrations.

Trump’s own relations with American Jews had become strained after a testy exchange during a news conference with a reporter for an Orthodox Jewish publication. Some also thought Trump had waited too long to come out forcefully against bomb threats against Jewish community centers nationwide.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, converted to Judaism before marrying her husband, Jared Kushner, now a senior White House adviser. On an official trip Tuesday to Berlin, Ivanka Trump, now working at the White House as an assistant to the president, visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Addressing survivors in attendance at the Capitol, Trump called each one a “beacon of light.”

“It only takes one light to illuminate even the darkest space, just like it takes only truth to crush a thousand lies and one hero to change the course of history,” he said. “We know that in the end good will triumph over evil and that as long as we refuse to close our eyes or to silence our voices, we know that justice will ultimately prevail.”

Holocaust survivors listen as US President Donald J. Trump speaks during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum?s National Days of Remembrance at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, on 25 April 2017.  EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOLHolocaust survivors listen as US President Donald J. Trump speaks during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum?s National Days of Remembrance at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, on 25 April 2017.  EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL


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 Apr 25, 2017 at 02:02 PM Anonymous Says:

I can't remember ever being so happy about a US president! G- d bless president Trump!

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 Apr 25, 2017 at 02:39 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this is the best president this country ever had esp. after 8 years of a non-American president.

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 Apr 25, 2017 at 02:56 PM TrunpISprez4-8 Says:

The greatest friend of the Jews as president . This is evident in his policy making . We are blessed '!

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 Apr 25, 2017 at 03:12 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I can't remember ever being so happy about a US president! G- d bless president Trump!

if he had not made an anti-Semite as his spiritual adviser would not have flared up, namely steve bannon, nihilist and fascist, and an antisemite, yes ignorance is a form of happiness

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 Apr 25, 2017 at 03:56 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

if he had not made an anti-Semite as his spiritual adviser would not have flared up, namely steve bannon, nihilist and fascist, and an antisemite, yes ignorance is a form of happiness

Hasnowflake, what's the proof?

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 Apr 25, 2017 at 05:33 PM Nachum Says:

Where are those Trump bashers on this site, who bashed Trump for months? Why don't they now thank him for being present at that ceremony, and for his very moving speech, in remembering the victims of the Holocaust? It has been years that an American President attended such a ceremony. I saw President Trump shake hands with the Chazzan, and several other officials at the ceremony.

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 Apr 25, 2017 at 05:48 PM TrumpISprez Says:

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Anonymous Says:

if he had not made an anti-Semite as his spiritual adviser would not have flared up, namely steve bannon, nihilist and fascist, and an antisemite, yes ignorance is a form of happiness

You are fake news . Banon is not an anti Semite period . It's made up stuff by the liberal media to besmirch Trump. And it's evident in your comment . You lump nihilists with anti semitism . So because you don't agree with his policies why not call him an anti Semite . He is at most a white supremacist which is not anti semitism .

The greater point is that Trumps policy's and appointments have thus far been great for klal yisroel and Israel . Whether it's greenblat, Friedman , Nikki Haley , kushner or whether we stick up for Israel at the un . That's what really counts .

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 Apr 25, 2017 at 08:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Hasnowflake, what's the proof?

Fool, his predilection for a French anti-Semitic philosopher .As a survivor of 7 years under hitler and 4 years of KZ I know a little more than you, saw more than you , had a responsible and raised children. Learn a little and stop your stupid stereotypic phrases. Who raised you???

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 Apr 25, 2017 at 08:05 PM Anonymous Says:

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TrumpISprez Says:

You are fake news . Banon is not an anti Semite period . It's made up stuff by the liberal media to besmirch Trump. And it's evident in your comment . You lump nihilists with anti semitism . So because you don't agree with his policies why not call him an anti Semite . He is at most a white supremacist which is not anti semitism .

The greater point is that Trumps policy's and appointments have thus far been great for klal yisroel and Israel . Whether it's greenblat, Friedman , Nikki Haley , kushner or whether we stick up for Israel at the un . That's what really counts .

White supremacist are pseudo-Nazis. Check the website

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 Apr 26, 2017 at 09:25 AM qazxc Says:

Sad day when a condemnation of anti-Semitism by the POTUS is headline news.

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 Apr 26, 2017 at 07:09 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this is the best president this country ever had esp. after 8 years of a non-American president.

Don't you mean, after 8 years of a non American anti Semitic president?

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 Apr 26, 2017 at 07:10 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Fool, his predilection for a French anti-Semitic philosopher .As a survivor of 7 years under hitler and 4 years of KZ I know a little more than you, saw more than you , had a responsible and raised children. Learn a little and stop your stupid stereotypic phrases. Who raised you???

You are the fool, liberal idiot.

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