Trump to be first president in decades not to visit Warsaw Ghetto monument

Trump to be first president in decades not to visit Warsaw Ghetto monument

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE will be the first president in decades to visit Warsaw and not make a stop at the monument for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, according to Haaretz.

Polish Jewish leaders are criticizing Trump for his decision not to go to the monument.

“Ever since the fall of Communism in 1989, all U.S. presidents and vice-presidents visiting Warsaw had made a point of visiting the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto,” said Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Jewish Community of Warsaw President Anna Chipczynska and Leslaw Piszewski, president of the Union of Jewish Communities of Poland, according to Haaretz.

The statement said that visits to the monument by past U.S. presidents "meant recognition, solidarity and hope" to Polish Jews.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising took place in 1943 when Jewish resistance fought back against Nazi occupiers trying to remove the remaining Jewish population from the ghetto.

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“We deeply regret that President Donald Trump, though speaking in public barely a mile away from the monument, chose to break with that laudable tradition, alongside so many other ones," the leaders said.

"We trust that this slight does not reflect the attitudes and feelings of the American people."

Trump did visit the Warsaw Uprising monument that marks a separate 1944 operation to liberate Poland from German occupying forces.

A senior administration official called the setting of the Warsaw Uprising "poignant, because it demonstrates vividly just how much has been sacrificed to preserve our civilization and society.”

“Poland becomes in many respects a symbol and a metaphor for the sacrifices required to preserve a civilization," the senior official said.

First daughter Ivanka Trump, who also serves as a senior adviser to the president, did visit the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising monument on Thursday.

“It was deeply moving to be able to visit The Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and the POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews,” Trump posted on Twitter, including a photo at the memorial.

In May, President Trump became the first U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the holiest site where Jews are allowed to pray. Trump has been an outspoken ally to Israel and made the country one of his first foreign visits of his presidency.

Trump is in Warsaw ahead of the G-20 summit this week.

During his speech in Poland, Trump addressed the threat from North Korea and promised to strip terrorist organizations of their funding and territory.

Mallory Shelbourne contributed.

Updated at 10:05