Trump Doesn’t Mention Jews in Holocaust Remembrance Day Message

President Donald Trump issued a statement on Friday’s Holocaust Remembrance Day that left some scratching their heads due to its omission of any reference to Jews.

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of the Holocaust,” the statement from the White House Press Office read. “It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”

The remarks immediately drew criticism from Jewish leaders, including Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt.

Former President Barack Obama’s last statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day made explicit reference to Jews, declaring that “we are all Jews.” Remarks marking Holocaust commemoration sometimes can be controversial.

Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, ran into trouble in the previous year when he also forgot to specifically name-check the event’s Jewish victims.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at solomon@forward.com or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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