Trump Releases Video for Passover, but Opts Out of White House Seder

Although a Passover Seder was held annually at the White House under Obama, Trump has not continued with the tradition

Amir Tibon
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A screenshot of Trump's Passover video
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Amir Tibon

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump put out a video message for the holidays of Passover and Easter on Friday, both of which are taking place this weekend.

Referring to the Jewish holiday, Trump said that "during the sacred holiday of Passover, Jewish families around the world give thanks to God for liberating the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt and delivering them to the promised land of Israel." Trump also said that "at this holy time of the year families across our nation gather in homes, churches and synagogues to light candles and to praise God." 

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a message for Passover and Easter

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Under Trump's predecessor, former U.S. President Barack Obama, the White House held a presidential Passover seder every year. Trump has not continued with that tradition. Last year he did not hold a Passover seder in the White House, although a group of his aides did celebrate the holiday in the Executive Office Building on the White House grounds.

This weekend, Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Haaretz asked the White House if there was any kind of Passover celebration taking place at the White House this year, but did not receive a reply.