Updated Dec 6, 2018 5:26 PM EST
President Trump is speaking at the Hanukkah Reception in the White House. Thursday marks the fifth night of the Festival of Lights.
In his first of two Hanukkah events, Mr. Trump remembered the life of former President George H.W. Bush, calling him a wonderful man. He went on to condemn anti-Semitism, specifically mentioning the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
"Five weeks ago our nation mourned a horrific tragedy," Mr. Trump said. "… Jewish Americans were brutally murdered in a sinister anti-semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh." And the way they stood up so bravely, so proudly what a just a great person. "
" In the aftermath of that wicked assault, we reaffirmed our solemn duty to confront anti-Semitism everywhere occurs out of the world. "
Mr. Trump hosted a Hanukkah event at the White House last year, too. Then,the White House did not invite congressional Democrats and Jewish leaders who had been critical of him.
Mr. Trump's daughter-in-law and top aide, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner are Jewish, and attended last year's festivities.
Mr. Trump tweeted earlier this week and first lady Melania Trump send her "best wishes for a blessed and happy Hanukkah!"
Mr. Trump has made a few public appearances this week, and is designated the death of 41st President.
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