Trump to visit US Holocaust museum this week


(JTA) — President Donald Trump will visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and deliver public remarks as part of the museum’s annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony.

The ceremony will be held Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda, a day after Holocaust Memorial Day is observed in Israel.

The week-long Days of Remembrance was first held in 1979 and then later established by Congress as the nation’s commemoration of the Holocaust. This year’s Days of Remembrance will be observed from April 23 through April 29, the Museum said in a statement released Sunday.

Every president since the museum opened in 1993 has participated in the ceremony.

The Trump administration came under fire in January for the statement it issued in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which omitted a specific mention of Jews.


Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and the Jewish parents of her husband, Jared Kushner, Charles and Seryl Kushner, took a private tour of the museum last month. Trump and Kushner are top White House advisers. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his wife and two other family members visited the museum.

Earlier this month, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized for saying that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons in a discussion of Syrian leader Bashar Assad, and called Nazi concentration camps “Holocaust centers.”