President Donald Trump will meet Tuesday in Pennsylvania with family members of those murdered during the weekend massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced.
“The American people reject hatred, bigotry, prejudice, and violence,” Sanders said. “We are a nation that believes in religious liberty, tolerance, and respect. We are a people who appreciate the dignity of every human life.”
First lady Melania Trump will travel with the president.
Sanders also fended off questions about Trump’s culpability in the shooting that killed 11 worshipers, and mail pipe bombs that targeted Democrats and political critics of the president.
Robert Bowers, 46, was charged with shooting and killing 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. He’s being charged with federal hate crimes.
“Our hearts ache for everyone who lost their lives, the 11 Jewish Americans who were murdered represented the very best of our nation and they were the religious heart of the Tree of Life community,” Sanders said, as her voice cracked several times when talking about the murders.
She noted that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are Jewish, and that the president has deep admiration for the Jewish community.
“The president cherishes the American Jewish community for everything it stands for and contributes to our country. He adores Jewish Americans,” Sanders said. “The president is the grandfather of several Jewish grandchildren. His daughter is a Jewish American and his son-in-law is a descendent of a Holocaust survivor.”
However, several reporters asked if Trump’s rhetoric stirred up people to commit violent acts, either in the case of the synagogue shooting or the pipe bombs sent to Democratic politicians.
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