WH defends Holocaust statement that didn’t mention Jews
Jesse Byrnes, The Hill, Jan 28 2017
The Trump administration on Saturday defended the White House statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day released the previous day following criticism over it not mentioning Jews or anti-Semitism. Trump spox Hope Hicks told CNN:
Despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group, and we took into account all of those who suffered.
Hicks reportedly provided a link to a HuffPost story that noted that while 6 million Jews were no doubt killed in the Holocaust, 5 million non-Jews were killed as well. CNN asked whether she was suggesting Trump omitted a reference to Jews out of concern it would offend others targeted by the Nazis, and Hicks responded:
It was our honor to issue a statement in remembrance of this important day.
The White House statement mentioned “innocent people” targeted by Nazis, but didn’t mention Jews or anti-Semitism, CNN noted the departure from past statements by Bush 43 and Obama 44, as did the ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt, calling the omission “puzzling and troubling.” Susan Rice tore into Trump on Saturday, tweeting: