President Joe Biden didn’t go to the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , following the 2018 bloodbath regardless of saying that he did so, the White Home stated Friday.
Throughout a video name with rabbis earlier than Rosh Hashanah on Thursday, Biden appeared to indicate he visited the synagogue advanced someday after the bloodbath that resulted in 11 deaths.
“And [hate has] been given an excessive amount of oxygen within the final 4, 5, seven, 10 years, and it has seen itself, whether or not it was — I keep in mind spending time on the — you understand, going to the — you understand, the Tree of Life synagogue, talking with the — simply — it simply is wonderful this stuff are occurring, occurring in America,” Biden stated.
In response to press inquiries relating to the president’s assertion, White Home officers stated Friday that Biden “was referring to a name he had with the Tree of Life rabbi in 2019,” in accordance to the New York Publish.
At one level through the Thursday name, Biden struggled to recollect the identify of the tune “Hava Nagila” whereas referencing his daughter’s wedding ceremony to a Jewish man.
“My thoughts goes clean now, what’s the tune that’s performed the place everyone is on the chair? I can’t keep in mind it,” Biden stated.
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The congregation’s rabbi, Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, signaled there was no disrespect felt from the president’s feedback on Thursday, in accordance with the White Home assertion. “President Biden kindly referred to as me on my mobile phone as I used to be sitting in Dulles Airport awaiting a return flight to Pittsburgh after I testified earlier than Congress in July 2019,” Myers stated.
“In a heartfelt manner, he prolonged his condolences and requested how we had been doing. We spoke concerning the challenges of antisemitism, and he made clear he would confront it with us as president. The dialog meant an incredible deal to me, and I’ll at all times be pleased about his sort phrases and continued assist of our neighborhood,” Myers added.
The bloodbath on the Tree of Life synagogue is believed to be essentially the most extreme anti-Jewish hate crime in United States historical past, in accordance to the Anti-Defamation League.
Former President Donald Trump went to the synagogue three days following the capturing and was accompanied by a number of Jewish members of his administration, together with Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The Washington Examiner contacted the White Home however didn’t instantly obtain a response.