Ivanka Trump took a private tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum this week without her father, who is considering his own visit.
President Donald Trump, who has faced criticism for failing to promptly condemn a proliferation of anti-Semitic acts in the U.S., has expressed an interest in touring the Washington museum, but has not yet scheduled a date, two White House aides said.
Ivanka Trump took a tour on Monday morning, a person familiar with her visit said. The person requested anonymity because the tour wasn’t announced publicly. The president was attending meetings with health insurance CEOs and governors that morning. Spokespeople for the first daughter didn’t respond to emails seeking comment from her.
She was accompanied by her mother- and father-in-law, Charles and Seryl Kushner. Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner’s late grandmother, Rae Kushner, was a Holocaust survivor who helped found the Holocaust Museum. She shared recollections of her experience in an oral history.
Trump has faced criticism for not more forcefully rejecting racists who backed his presidential campaign, for not including the word “Jewish” in a statement commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, and for not immediately condemning a recent spate of attacks and threats on Jewish institutions. He has recently been more assertive, declaring in his speech to Congress on Tuesday that “we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.”
He said Feb. 21 during a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture that anti-Semitic threats targeting the Jewish community “are horrible, and are painful.” He said he would “very soon” visit the Holocaust museum. “It is very important to me.”
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