The Trump White House has omitted mention of the slaughter of 6 million Jews in its official statement in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a first for any White House, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
The Trump administration’s statement honors "those who died," but does not specifically mention the systematic murder of more than 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.
This is the first time a White House has issued a Holocaust Remembrance Day statement without mentioning that Jews were the primary victims of this slaughter and that 6 million died as a result of anti-Semitism.
The full Trump statement reads as follows:
It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.
Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.
In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.
The Obama administration’s 2016 statement explicitly referenced the 6 million Jews and the millions of others murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Multiple White House officials did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.