This afternoon, at the beginning of the White House Hanukkah reception, President Donald Trump paid his final tribute to deceased former President George H.W. Bush. First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife Karen all stood next to President Trump as he delivered his remarks.
Trump began by acknowledging the great legacy of the deceased former president, George HW Bush, “This week, America is grieving the loss of President George H.W. Bush, who is being laid to rest today at his library in Texas. Yesterday, Melania and I were honored to attend the state funeral at the National Cathedral and pay our respects to the entire Bush family.”
President Trump continued with his celebration of Hanukkah by acknowledging the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who were part of the audience that came to partake in the celebration of Hanukkah with President Trump at the White House. After introducing them from the podium, Trump sweetly asked the Holocaust survivors in the crowd to join him near the podium while he spoke about his commitment to Israel, and to protecting people of Jewish faith from antisemitism.
Vice President Mike Pence leaped into action when some of the elderly Holocaust victims needed help to walk up to the podium.
With the Holocaust survivors standing behind him, President Trump spoke about canceling the “horrible” deal that Obama made with Iran. When he brought up the relocation of the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the crowd erupted with chants of “Four more years!, Four more years!” President Trump smiled, and thanked the crowd, reminding them that he hadn’t finished his first four, jokingly telling them, “It’s actually six more…but we won’t say anything,”
New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind thanked President Trump “for inviting our precious Holocaust survivors to the White House” and added this beautiful video with highlights from their very special time in Washington DC and with President Trump. He also thanked President Trump for “honoring them, and establishing for all to see what America stands for.”
Thank you President @realdonaldtrump for inviting our precious Holocaust survivors to the @WhiteHouse, honoring them, and establishing for all to see what America stands for. pic.twitter.com/CbWQkpyfF5
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) December 7, 2018