President Donald Trump condemned anti-Semitism on Thursday during a reception marking Hanukkah at the White House, saying that it was the nation’s duty to stop such hostility, POLITICO reports.
“Throughout history, the Jewish people have suffered unthinkable repression and terrible violence, yet in the face of this hardship, the Jewish people have endured, overcome and thrived. Thrived like few, that I can tell you,” the president said, before mentioning the deadly attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in late October.
At the reception, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to Israel and said his administration would always stand with its “cherished friend and partner.” The president also brought Holocaust survivors to the stage.
Trump went on to say that he had left the “horrible” Iran nuclear deal because he could not “let the world’s leading sponsor of terror, a regime that chants death to America and threatens Israel all of the time with annihilation and constantly screams out ‘Death to Israel,’ to possess the deadliest weapon on earth. We will not allow that to happen.”