By Bonnie K. Goodman
Nearly a month after his original scheduled visit President Donald Trump finally made it the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Trump toured the museum and then appropriately gave a speech “denouncing” intolerance and the recent rise in anti-Semitism including bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers and the vandalizing of a cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
Trump visited the museum in honor of Black History Month, but he originally intended to tour the museum before his inauguration for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson and wife Candy Carson and adviser Omarosa Manigault accompanied the president on his tour. While touring the museum President Trump commented on the exhibits, saying, “Honestly, it’s fantastic.” Continuing Trump said of the museum, “I’ve learned and I’ve seen and they’ve done an incredible job.”
After the tour, President Trump gave some remarks about uniting the country, where he expressed, “We’re going to bring this country together, maybe bring some of the world together, but we’re going to bring this country together. We have a divided country, it’s been divided for many, many years, but we’re going to bring it together.”
The president also finally spoke out against the persistent bomb threats to the Jewish community all over the country that begun around his inauguration. Trump commented, “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
Tying in his visit to the museum with the recent anti-Semitic attacks, President Trump pointed out, “This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance, and hatred in all of its very ugly forms.” The president has been criticized for not speaking out against the wave of anti-Semitism, but now some feel his denunciation is a little too late.
First Lady Melania Trump visited the museum on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu as the Netanyahu and Trump met at the White House. Afterward, the First Lady issued a statement denouncing intolerance, saying, “As we remember, with deep humility and reverence, the historic plight of slavery which the Jewish and African-American people have known all too well, we rededicate ourselves to those powerful words that both our nations hold dear: “NEVER AGAIN!”
Source: ABC News Radio Online