Senior Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump alongside husband Jared Kushner joined President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at a Hanukkah reception at the White House Wednesday night.
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During the reception, President Trump signed an executive order intended to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses, including certain protests against Israel.
“Today, we’re taking another historic action. In just a few moments, I’ll sign an executive order to combat anti-Semitism,” Trump said, “This is a very powerful document that we’re signing today. This is our message to universities: If you want to accept the tremendous amount of federal dollars that you get every year, you must reject anti-Semitism. It’s very simple.”
The order will broaden the federal government’s definition of Jewish people as an ethnic group rather than just a religious one, a controversial step that grants broader authority to the Department of Education to respond to anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Trump praised Ivanka who stood behind the president as he addressed the audience. The first daughter converted to Judaism in 2009 before marrying her husband and they are raising their three children as Orthodox Jews.
“Also, as you know, Ivanka and Jared have worked very, very hard in this whole endeavor and many other endeavors, I will tell you. They’re doing an incredible job, and I’m very proud that the Jewish faith is a cherished part of our family. Very proud of it,” Trump said.
Reps. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and Doug Collins (R-Ga.) were among the congressional attendees on Wednesday. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was also in attendance.
Trump began his remarks noting Tuesday incident in Jersey City, New Jersey where four people, including a police officer were killed in a shooting at a kosher market. Officials have said they believe the suspects were motivated by anti-Semitism.
“As we gather this afternoon, our thoughts turn to the grieving families in New Jersey. Yesterday, two wicked murderers opened fire at a kosher supermarket and killed four innocent souls, including a brave police officer who faced down the shooter and very bravely faced the shooter down,” Trump said. “With one heart, America weeps for the lives lost. With one voice, we vow to crush the monstrous evil of anti-Semitism whenever and wherever it appears.”
Kushner, who pushed for the order, defended it in an op-ed published Wednesday in The New York Times, while addressed critics of the order.
“With Wednesday’s executive order, the president takes crucial action to support and defend Jewish students in the United States. For the first time, a president is making clear that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition against discrimination based on race, color or national origin covers discrimination against Jews,” he wrote. “The executive order does not define Jews as a nationality. It merely says that to the extent that Jews are discriminated against for ethnic, racial or national characteristics, they are entitled to protection by the anti-discrimination law.”
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