White House held traditional candle lighting ceremony for Hanukkah

11 December, 2017, 03:43 | Author: Jason Torres
  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House | Drew Angerer  Getty Images

The White House blamed 's unusual speech Wednesday, in which he appeared to slur his words, on a dry throat.

This year's event came one day after Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and directed the State Department to prepare for moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a campaign that both he and several former had made but which has remained unimplemented.

Photo via schiff.house.govNone of that tribe attended President Trump's first Hanukkah party Thursday in the White House.

"Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to celebrate the miracles of the past and promises of the future", Trump said.

"Well, I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room", he told the dozens of people in attendance Thursday night.

Thousands of Palestin-ians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a "day of rage" on Friday against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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On the campaign trail in OH, he said: "You think Hillary Clinton would be able to stand up here and do this for an hour?"

Trump lit a menorah with his Jewish grandchildren, whom he briefly mentioned in his speech.

In an interview with Breitbart News, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said of the physical move, "I'm sure it's going to happen".

Jewish Cabinet officials Steven Mnuchin and David Schulman, secretary of the Treasury and Veteran Affairs, respectively, and Trump's special Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, who also is Jewish, were among the guests. "We thank God that a woman that was born into that nightmare of oppression now lives in this land of the free", he said of Lawrence-Israels.

"With so many writers in the room and so many people working on books, we thought the best way to do that was to walk through the top ten book titles of the first year of the Trump Administration", Sanders said.

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