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Trump Holocaust remembrance proclamation uses wording similar to Holocaust Museum website's

Trump Holocaust remembrance proclamation uses wording similar to Holocaust Museum website's
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President Trump’s Holocaust remembrance proclamation uses similar wording to the Holocaust Museum website’s “Introduction to the Holocaust” page.

“The Holocaust was the state-sponsored systematic persecution and attempted annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazi regime and its collaborators,” a Monday release from the White House reads.

The museum's introduction page is nearly identical. "The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators," it reads.

The White House said the words in the proclamation were carefully and intentionally selected to properly describe the Holocaust, adding that the museum is a "respected voice on this."

"Our Holocaust desk at the State Department discussed the exact language by which this travesty should be properly described, and we respect the museum's position as the respected voice on this. These are 10 intentional words that describe the horror that the Holocaust was," a White House spokeswoman said in an email Tuesday morning.

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Trump will deliver the keynote address for the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Yom Hashoah remembrance ceremony Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Capitol Rotunda.

Every president since the museum’s opening in 1993 has participated in the ceremony.

Trump's participation comes just two weeks after White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologized for a comparison between Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The remarks, in which Spicer referred to concentration camps as "Holocaust centers," was just the latest example in which the administration came under fire for issues related to anti-Semitism. 

Jewish groups have criticized the White House for not denouncing violence against Jewish community centers, schools and other Jewish institutions since Trump's election as much as he should or as soon as he did.

Trump addressed anti-Semitism concerns over the weekend during a video teleconference with the World Jewish Congress, based in New York.

“We must stamp out prejudice and anti-Semitism everywhere it is found,” Trump said. “We must defeat terrorism, and we must not ignore the threats of a regime that talks openly of Israel’s destruction.”

Correction: A previous version misidentified the release a speech rather than a proclamation.

Updated: Tuesday, 7:44 a.m.