President Donald Trump and First Girl Melania Trump welcomed visitors at the White Home to commemorate Hanukkah on Thursday, consisting of 8 Holocaust survivors.
Trump recalled the history behind the Hanukkah feast day, telling the story of the Maccabees that rebelled against tyranny and regained the temple.
He contacted the survivors of the Holocaust to join him at the front of the space.
” Each of you has withstood wicked beyond description,” Trump stated, applauding them for attesting to the scaries of the Holocaust. “Today and every day we restore our solemn promise. Never ever once again.”
Other guests included Congressman Lee Zeldin, Governor-elect of Colorado Jarid Polis, and Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner. Vice President Mike Pence and his partner Karen likewise attended the ceremony.
” Throughout history, the Jewish people have suffered unthinkable repression and dreadful violence, yet in the face of his challenge, the Jewish people have endured, conquered and flourished,” Trump stated.
He remembered the October shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburg, again acknowledging the victims and praised the churchgoers who stood versus the hate showed by the shooter.
Trump vowed to combat anti-Semitism all over in the world.
” We should mark out this repellent hatred from the world,” he stated.
The president also highlighted his choice to end the Iran deal and move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in addition to his close relationship with Israel.
The crowd cheered Trump, and some in the audience chanted, “4 more years! 4 more years!”
” It’s really six more,” Trump replied. “We’ll opt for six.”