White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday that Donald Trump’s remarks that American Jews have not appreciated his initiatives toward Israel sufficiently were “insulting” and “anti-Semitic”.
“Donald Trump’s comments were anti-Semitic, as you all know, and insulting both to Jews and our Israeli allies,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.
She went on to say that for years, Donald Trump has sided with radical and anti-Semitic figures and that this should be condemned.
She further said that we must cut out anti-Semitism wherever it appears and it must be addressed. United States’ relationship with Israel was unbreakable, and it was founded on common interests and principles, she said, adding that Donald Trump clearly did not understand this.
Till now, Trump’s spokesman has not shared any comments regarding the White House statement.
Earlier on Sunday, Trump stated on social media that Jews have never appreciated him enough for his policies and “no President has done more for Israel than I have”, adding that Evangelicals (Christians) are way more appreciative than Jews.
Several blamed Trump for perpetuating the anti-Semitic stereotype that US Jews have double loyalties to the US and Israel. As a result, his remarks were strongly criticized, including by Jewish groups like the Anti-Defamation League.