President Trump offered a cryptic response on Tuesday when asked about rising acts of anti-Semitism in the U.S. since his election — saying that “sometimes, it’s the reverse.”
The comments came during a meeting at the White House with states’ attorney generals, and the remark was reported by Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, according to Buzzfeed.
“He just said ‘Sometimes it’s the reverse to make people — or to make others — look bad,” and he used the word ‘reverse’ two or three times in his comments,” Shapiro said.
“He did say at the top that was reprehensible,” he added.
Shapiro said he did not understand what the president meant or if he was suggesting that recent vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and bomb threats called into Jewish community centers and schools were hoaxes or inside jobs.
“It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” he said.
Trump met with about two dozen members of the National Association of Attorneys General.
The president posed for a group photo in the East Room and saluted the “great people” posing behind him.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a longtime Trump ally who served on his transition team, stood next to the president and thanked him for his kind words.
She came under scrutiny during the campaign when it was revealed that she accepted a $25,000 donation from the Trump Foundation while investigating the businessman’s for-profit Trump University program.
–New York Post, Bob Fredericks