The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum released a statement Monday afternoon shortly after White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended the fact that President Trump’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement did not mention Jews or anti-Semitism.
"The Holocaust teaches us profound truths about human societies and our capacity for evil. An accurate understanding of this history is critical if we are to learn its lessons and honor its victims.”
The statement does not mention Trump by name, but it was released following Spicer's declaration that the president had “by and large” been praised for his statement.
Trump drew ire when his Friday statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day omitted Jewish people.
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror,” began Trump’s statement.
On Monday, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsCollins: I'm not working with Freedom Caucus chairman on healthcare Mexico: Recent deportations 'a violation' of US immigration rules White House denies misleading public in aircraft carrier mix-up MORE (R-Maine) said that omitting a reference to the Jewish people from the statement was a "historical mistake.”
Trump’s administration has defended the statement, saying it hoped to be more inclusive with its message.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN over the weekend that "despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered."
"The president went out of his way to recognize the Holocaust and the suffering that went through it and the people that were affected by it and the loss of life," Spicer told reporters Monday.
"The idea that you are nitpicking this statement that sought to remember this tragic event that occurred and the people who died in it is just ridiculous," he said.