WH defends Holocaust statement that didn’t mention Jews

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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 spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN that “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 story that noted that while 6 million Jews were killed by Nazis, another 5 million non-Jewish people were killed under Adolf Hitler.

{mosads}CNN said it asked whether the White House was suggesting Trump omitted a reference to Jews as Holocaust victims out of concern it would offend others targeted by Nazis.

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, which CNN noted drew a contrast from past statements by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt called the omission “puzzling and troubling,” noting that it was a departure from past GOP and Democratic presidents.

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who also served as ambassador to the U.N. under Obama, tore into Trump on Saturday for releasing a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day without mentioning Jewish victims.
“What sickness enables a statement on [Holocaust Memorial Day] that ignores 6 million Jews! Just imagine the response if Pres. Obama did that,” Rice tweeted.
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