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ADL: Trump 'Failed' to Condemn Anti-Semitism Issue at Presser

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 04:08 PM

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday criticized President Donald Trump for dodging a question from a reporter about anti-Semitism in the U.S. throughout his campaign and, instead, bringing up his win in the election via Electoral College votes, Mediaite reports.

At a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a reporter asked Trump what he would say to the Jewish community in America and in Israel who "believe and feel that your administration is playing this xenophobia and racist tones," after noting a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S.

Trump initially responded by mentioning his win in November via electoral college vote — "Well, I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the victory that we had. Three hundred and six Electoral College votes. We were not supposed to crack 220. You know that, right? It was no way to 221 but then they said there's no way to 270. And there's tremendous enthusiasm out there."

The president then said that the U.S. will "have peace in this country."

"We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long simmering racism and every other thing that's going on because a lot of bad things have been taken place over a long period of time. I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation. Very divided. And hopefully I'll be able to do something about that. And I — you know, something that was very important to me. As far as people — Jewish people, so many friends, a daughter who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren, I think that you're going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. I think a lot of good things are happening. And you're go to see a lot of love. You're going to see a lot of love. Okay? Thank you."

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The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday criticized President Donald Trump for dodging a question from a reporter about anti-Semitism in the U.S. throughout his campaign and, instead, bringing up his win in the election via Electoral College votes, Mediaite reports.
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