Washington, DC (September 23, 2019) -- Today, President Donald Trump became the first US President to convene a meeting on religious freedom at the United Nations. He and Vice President Mike Pence addressed the meeting, and both made confronting anti-Semitism a central element of their remarks. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks released the following statement:
President Trump and Vice President Pence have chosen to focus on combating anti-Semitism as a central issue of their administration. Today, in historic remarks at the United Nations, President Trump spoke out for religious liberty. He condemned state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities around the world. He also condemned the evil attacks against houses of worship by terrorists and criminals, such as the synagogue attacks in Poway and Pittsburgh. President Trump noted his appointment of Elan Carr as special envoy to combat anti-Semitism as an example of his administration’s commitment to defending religious freedom.
Vice President Pence also spoke out against violence against religious individuals and institutions, including the horrible attack against a synagogue in Pittsburgh nearly one year ago.
We applaud President Trump and Vice President Pence for shining a bright light on the evil of anti-Semitism and all religious-based hate. They have once again proven that they are committed to the safety of American Jews and Jews around the world.