President Trump, visiting Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, paid solemn tribute Tuesday to the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, calling it “history’s darkest hour.”
At the memorial, Yad Vashem, Trump lighted an eternal flame and laid a wreath honoring the victims. He called the Nazi campaign of extermination against European Jewry “the most savage crime against God and his children.”
“Millions of wonderful and beautiful lives — men, women and children — were extinguished as part of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people,” said the president. “It is our solemn duty to remember, to mourn, to grieve and to honor every single life that was so cruelly and viciously taken.”
–The Los Angeles Times
Trump will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visit Jerusalem’s famed Western Wall.
A planned trip to the ancient Masada fort was scrapped after it was determined that the Marine One helicopter couldn’t land there – and the U.S. Secret Service was unwilling to put the president in a dangling cable car.
Trump does plan to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried and rose from the dead.
He will also stop to pray at the Western Wall and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial.
- Arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv.
- Meets with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel in Jerusalem.
- Visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall.
- Meets with Mr. Netanyahu of Israel.
- The president and first lady will have dinner with Mr. Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.
President Trump vowed to stamp out anti-Semitism Tuesday in remarks at the Capitol commemorating the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Days of Remembrance.
“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,” he said.
“As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel.” Continue reading “Tue, Apr. 25, 2017: Trump delivers remarks at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony”