In a four-minute video marking Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Donald Trump called the Holocaust "the darkest chapter of human history" and pledged "never again" that such a horror should re-occur. The video was played for the World Jewish Congress in New York.
"Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear," Trump said.
"We must stamp out prejudice and anti-Semitism everywhere it is found. We must defeat terrorism, and we must not ignore the threats of a regime that talks openly of Israel's destruction," he said. "We cannot let that ever even be thought of," he said, adding "America stands strong with the State of Israel."
Back in January, there were critics of a White House statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that made no mention of the six million Jews killed in the Nazi genocide. Later, when asked by a Jewish reporter at a White House news conference about the post-election surge in anti-Semitic incidents, Trump told his questioner to "sit down."
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, the Orthodox Jewish grandson of Holocaust survivors. His daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism in 2009.