In an interview with NBC News, President Donald Trump denounced the recent rise in bomb threats against Jewish community centers. "Anti-Semitism is horrible, and it's gonna stop and it has to stop," Trump said after touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. At least ten Jewish community centers, in Alabama, Ohio, Illinois, Texas and New York have been threatened. No one was injured, and the threats appeared to be hoaxes.
In a separate count of hate crime incidents, the Southern Poverty Law Center found nearly 2,000 in the 34 days after the November election expressing anti-Semitic and other harassment. "I think it's terrible," Trump said of the anti-Semitic threats. "I think it's horrible. Whether it's anti-Semitism or racism or any — anything you wanna think about having to do with the divide. Anti-Semitism is, likewise, it's just terrible."
Trump added, "You don't know where it's coming from, but I hope they catch the people."
Regarding his immigration executive orders that have been stymied by court rulings, he promised that new orders are forthcoming soon. "We have to let people come in that are going to love the country. This is about love. This building is about love. And we have to have people come in that are going to love the country, not people that are gonna harm the country."
Trump reviewed an exhibit on slavery during the American Revolution, and was joined by his daughter Ivanka and Housing and Urban Development secretary nominee Ben Carson and administration official Omarosa Manigault.
Trump pledged to diminish divisions in the country. "Today and every day of my presidency I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise of freedom for African-Americans and for every American," Trump said, calling his tour "a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry and hatred and intolerance."
"We're going to bring this country together. We have a divided country that's been divided for many, many years, but we're going to bring it together," he added.