White House Defends Holocaust Statement That Doesn't Mention Jews

The White House pushed back against those who criticized the statement.

“The statement was written with the help of an individual who is both Jewish and the descendants of Holocaust survivors,” Spicer said Monday. “To suggest that remembering the Holocaust and acknowledging all of the people — Jewish, gypsies, priests, disabled, gays and lesbians — it is pathetic that people are picking on a statement.”

When a reporter questioned whether Spicer was referring to the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as the author of the statement, he would not confirm.

“To compare a statement that remembers the Holocaust with the actions of the last eight years and the disrespect that was shown to Israel is unbelievable,” Spicer said.