President Donald Trump commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with a speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In the speech, Trump condemned those who deny the Holocaust and pledged to confront anti-Semitism.
The president spoke Tuesday as part of the museum's unveiling of its new conservation and research center, home to a vast collection of artifacts donated by those who survived Hitler's massacre of Jews during World War II.
“The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and attempted annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. By the end of World War II, six million Jews had been brutally slaughtered," said Trump.
“We support the Jewish Diaspora and the State of Israel as we fulfill our duty to remember the victims, honor their memory and their lives, and celebrate humanity’s victory over tyranny and evil,” the statement continued.
“During this week in 1945, American and Allied forces liberated the concentration camp at Dachau and other Nazi death camps, laying bare to the world the unconscionable horror of the Holocaust. We must remain vigilant against hateful ideologies and indifference...Every generation must learn and apply the lessons of the Holocaust so that such horror, atrocity, and genocide never again occur.”
Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation's annual commemoration of the Holocaust.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized recently for making what he later said was an "inappropriate and insensitive" statement comparing Adolf Hitler to Syrian President Bashar Assad by suggesting that Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
The remark ignored Hitler's use of gas chambers to kill Jews during the Holocaust.