Boy wears Trump yarmulke to White House signing event

A boy wore a Trump yarmulke to the White House signing event for the president’s executive order on anti-Semitism Wednesday.

The 12-year-old boy named Austin wore a red yarmulke with the president’s last name embroidered on it as he was invited up to address the crowd. 

“Thank you for having me at the White House today,” he said to Trump. “It was very unexpected. My mom pulled me out of school when the White House called, and I was in the middle of lunch. Probably one of the first times I was ever speechless.”


Trump mentioned Austin’s comments were not planned before noticing the Trump yarmulke.

“Is that a Trump yarmulke?” he said. “Oh, it's a Trump yarmulke. Wow, I like that. Can I have that, Austin? I want that."

Others in the crowd joined Austin in wearing the pro-Trump yarmulkes.

The president signed an executive order to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses, including protests against Israel, at a White House Hanukkah reception. The order will also designate Jewish people as an ethnic group instead of just a religious one. 

“This is a very powerful document that we’re signing today,” he said at the event.

The order has received criticism for worries it will limit free speech and incorrectly characterize Judaism as a nationality.