Trump Snaps at Jewish Reporter Who Asks How He Will Tackle anti-Semitism
‘Sit down, I understand the rest of your question. I’m the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life,’ the U.S. president tells an ultra-Orthodox reporter.
U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish reporter who asked him what his administration is prepared to do against anti-Semitism, apparently interpreting the question as a personal accusation of anti-Jewish sentiment.
Trump was taking questions from reporters at the East Room of the White House, his first solo press conference since taking office. About an hour into the conference, Jake Turx, a reporter for the haredi Ami Magazine, asked Trump about the administration’s plan to handle the rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States, and noted the recent waves of bomb threats against Jewish centers throughout the country.
Though Turx started his question by telling Trump that no one in the Jewish community is accusing him or his staff of anti-Semitism, Trump took it personally.
The “least anti-Semitic person” would respectfully answer this very real question about anti-Semitic attacks. pic.twitter.com/eHNYFAyc4E
— Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) February 16, 2017