Members of Congress Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Survivor of Synagogue Attack, Holocaust

• February 6, 2019 12:00 am


President Donald Trump on Tuesday recognized a survivor of the Holocaust and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which was followed by members of Congress singing him "happy birthday."

Trump delivered the State of the Union address in the House Chamber, where he discussed several issues, including immigration and national security. He also recognized several guests during the address, including Judah Samet.

"He arrived at the synagogue as the massacre began, but not only did Judah escape death last fall, more than seven decades ago he narrowly survived the Nazi concentration camps. Today is Judah's 81st birthday," said Trump, which prompted members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to give him a standing ovation and clap for him. Several members of Congress then started singing "Happy birthday," to him, which resulted in Samet yelling, "thank you!" afterwards.

"They wouldn't do that for me, Judah," Trump joked shortly after they finished their singing.

Samet was four minutes late for worship one Saturday back in October, resulting in him narrowly missing one of the worst massacres of American Jews, according to the Washington Post. He told the Tribune-Review that he was "very honored" to be invited by Trump to the State of the Union.

"[Trump] invited me, I was told, because I represented two of the biggest tragedies for the Jewish people in the last hundred years," Samet said.

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