Trump marks Holocaust Remembrance Day: 'We will bear witness, and we will act'

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a wreath laying ceremony during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaus
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President Trump marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday with a statement honoring survivors, mourning victims, and condemning perpetrators.

"We take this opportunity to recall the Nazis' systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people," the statement says. "In their death camps and under their inhuman rule, the Nazis also enslaved and killed millions of Slavs, Roma, gays, people with disabilities, priests and religious leaders, and others who courageously opposed their brutal regime." Quoting himself, Trump pledged, "We will stamp out prejudice. We will condemn hatred. We will bear witness, and we will act."

Another White House article on the subject also included comments from the first lady, who said it is "through our shared humanity that we come together now in commemoration, strength, and love."

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The president's statement's length and specificity contrast with last year's message from Trump, which came under fire for failing to mention Jews. At the time, White House representative Hope Hicks said the omission was intentional because the administration "took into account all of those who suffered" and is an "incredibly inclusive group."

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