Trump commemorates Holocaust, re-affirms allegiance with 'friend' Israel

| Updated: Apr 26, 2017 10:07 IST

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): On the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance, President Donald Trump strongly condemned anti-Semitism and swore that he will always stand with the Jewish people and with 'great partner and friend' Israel. "I am deeply moved to stand beside people who survived history's darkest hour. Your cherished presence transforms this place into a sacred gathering," Trump said. He added, "The state of Israel is an eternal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people. The fervent dream that burned in the hearts of the oppressed is now filled with the breath of life, and the Star of David waves atop a great nation arisen from the desert." Trump's speech to honor victims of the Holocaust comes weeks after his press secretary Sean Spicer diminished Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in an attempt to shame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, reports CNN. The President's fresh remarks come as an opportunity to write over the blunders which did not go down well with Jewish groups. "We will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again. Denying the Holocaust is only one of many dangerous forms of anti-Semitism that continues all around the world. This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism. 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 partner and friend, the state of Israel," he said. However, in the past, Trump has shown that he is particularly sensitive to charges of anti-Semitism in his administration. When asked about the rise of anti-Jewish crimes since his election, Trump told a Jewish reporter to "sit down" during a news conference in February and proceeded to defend himself as "the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life." "I hate the charge. I find it repulsive. I hate even the question because people that know me -- and you heard the Prime Minister, you heard Benjamin Netanyahu, did you hear him, Bibi?" Trump said. (ANI)

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