US President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered remarks and lit a menorah in honor of the holiday of Hanukkah. During the event, the President also signed an Executive Order Combating Anti-Semitism.
This Executive Order makes clear that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to anti-Semitic discrimination. When enforcing Title VI, Agencies will consider the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism as well as the contemporary examples provided by the IHRA. There has never been an American President more supportive of the Jewish People than President Donald J. Trump.
The guest list includes hundreds of American Jewish politicians, organization heads, and school and yeshiva deans.
President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor and Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, were in attendance at the event.
Several members of Congress attended as well, including Sen. James Lankford, (R-OK), Sen. Tim Scott, (R-SC), Rep. Elaine Luria, (D-VA-02), Rep. Doug Collins, (R-GA-09), Rep. Lee Zeldin, (R-NY-01), Rep. David Kustoff, (R-TN-08), Rep. Josh Gottheimer, (D-NJ-05) and Rep. Max Rose, (D-NY-11).
Also participating was Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots.
Trump expressed condolences for those who were murdered in the attack on the kosher market in Jersey City on Tuesday.
“With one heart America weeps for the lives lost. With one voice we vow to crush the monstrous evil of anti-Semitism, whenever and wherever it appears,” he said.
“As President, I will always celebrate and honor the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our treasured friend and ally, the State of Israel,” Trump stressed.
Before signing the Executive Order to combat anti-Semitism on campuses, Trump said, “This is our message to universities: If you want to accept the tremendous amount of federal dollars that you get every year, you must reject anti-Semitism. It’s very simple.”
“My administration will never tolerate the suppression, persecution or silencing of the Jewish people. We’ve also taken a firm stand against BDS. We forcefully condemn this anti-Semitic campaign against the State of Israel and its citizens,” he added.
“Today we thank God for the Jewish people whose love and loyalty, brilliance and bravery, resilience and resolve, spirit and strength bless America and the world.”