White House, Ivanka Trump Condemn Jewish Community Centers Bomb Scare

'Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,' White House tells NBC.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump at the RNC in Ohio on July 20, 2016.
U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump at the RNC in Ohio on July 20, 2016.Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to say that houses of worship and religious centers must be protected, after at least 10 Jewish community centers across the country were targeted with bomb threats on Monday.

"America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC," Ivanka Trump, who is Jewish, tweeted.

According to local news reports, centers in New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Mexico,Texas and Alabama were targeted on Monday, the fourth such mass disruption in less than two months.

Also on Monday, the White House responded to a reporter’s query about the latest string of bomb threats by saying “these actions are unacceptable.”

“Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,” reads a statement, attributed to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, that was shared Monday afternoon by NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander. “The president has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”

Last week, the president was asked during a news conference about the prior JCC bomb threats and what the government’s response would be to “an uptick in anti-Semitism.” Although the reporter did not suggest Trump was anti-Semitic, the president answered by denying he is an anti-Semite and called the question “insulting.”

Shortly after, various Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, urged the White House to issue an unequivocal denunciation of the bomb threats and other anti-Semitic acts.

Ivanka Trump's message garnered the attention of thousands, with some people calling her to pass on her message of tolerance to her father.

"This is like when your dad is loud at the restaurant,leaves a crappy tip.. & you go to the waiter, apologize for your dad and give him a 20," one person responded, while another left a message saying, " @IvankaTrump get your father to say this. And maybe, I dunno, use the word 'antisemitism.'"

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