Trump says White House Hanukkah celebration 'all about Jerusalem'

Pauline Gross
December 11, 2017

Hundreds gathered in the East Room for the occasion, which First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence also attended.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday at a digital diplomacy conference on Thursday that Trump "has inscribed himself in the annals of our capital for all time". "We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond".

Earlier on Friday, the Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinians near the Gaza border in clashes over United States President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. His decision was met with shockwaves throughout the world.

In a September 2016 television appearance on "Dr. Oz", Trump said he does not work out but considers his speeches to be exercise. But some of the greatest USA presidents have been quite sick - FDR spent much of his presidency in a wheelchair, a fact largely concealed at the time. As Trump entered the event, his first words were - "I know there are a lot of happy people here, Jerusalem", to a roaring applause from the crowd, a relatively small one compared to past White House Hannukah events.

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"We thank God that a woman that was born into that nightmare of oppression now lives in this land of the free", he said of Lawrence-Israels.

Trump, his family and administration officials - including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin - were among the crowd of around 300 to take part in the festivities, according to a White House pool report.

If it wasn't a War on Hanukkah, it was seen as a war on Democratic Jewish members of Congress, including Rep. Adam Schiff of Los Angeles.

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