President Donald Trump is giving remarks at a second White House Hanukkah reception Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
The reception is the second of two Hanukkah receptions Thursday at the White House with the president and first lady. At a 4:00 p.m. reception President Trump called eight Holocaust survivors to the stage to be recognized. Trump also recalled the story of Judah Maccabee and the lamp lit that burned for eight nights. He remarked that the Jewish people have “endured, overcome and thrived” through harsh trials and violence. Thrived like few, that I can tell you,” he said. He referenced the Pittsburgh synagogue from October and called for stamping out “this vile hatred from the world.”
Thursday marks exactly one year since President Trump announced the United States would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The president and first lady issued a message of warm greetings on Sunday to “Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah.”
“For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will come together to engage in the lighting of the menorah,” Trump said in the Sunday message. “This special tradition started more than 2,000 years ago during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which followed a trying period when Jews were persecuted for practicing their faith.
Trump went on:
Unfortunately, Jews today continue to face many different forms of violence, hatred, and bigotry around the globe. We remember all those from the Tree of Life—Or L’Simcha Congregation—whose lives were tragically taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this past October. As one Nation, we pledge our continued love and support for the victims, their families, and the community, and we pray that the victims’ families find some measure of peace and comfort during this holiday season.
“Over the coming days, may the warming glow of each candle on the menorah help fill homes and hearts with love and happiness,” said Trump. “Together, we reaffirm the truth that light will always break through the darkness. We send our very best wishes for a blessed and happy Hanukkah.”